TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A bald eagle is in the care of the Erie County SPCA after being found in a ditch near Westfield in Chautauqua County a few weeks ago.
The 6-year-old bird was starving and had a broken wing. The good news is he is now on the mend. But the bad news is this majestic creature will never grace the skies again.
Beverly Jones, who is charge of Wildlife Services at the SPCA, said, "hey went down and retrieved the bird and said it was in need of medical attention so they brought it here to our animal hospital."
The bald eagle is under constant medical care. He is being nourished back to health on a diet of rodents and fish. The eagle was very skinny when first brought to the shelter and now weighs more than eight pounds, almost what he is supposed to weigh.
"The first thing we did was determine how weak the bird was and evaluate how strong the bird was to determine how far we could go with diagnosis," Jones said.
The bird will never be able to go back into the wild. Officials are trying to decide what they can do and say his wing-span will never be normal.
"Because the elbow at that point started to heal and to fuse, but it healed incorrectly and effected the integrity of the wing, and because of how it healed the bird does not have full extension, he can only extend two-thirds of its normal length," Jones explained.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide the fate of the bald eagle, which doesn't have a name yet. One option is to utilize the bird for educational programs, but that still remains up in the air.
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