The healing process continues for the bald eagle with a broken wing who was found by a hiker last week.
A hiker said he found the bird hiding in a ditch near the Thomaston Dam on Dec. 16, suffering from an apparent wing injury.
The hiker, a retired police officer, told the Hartford Courant he wrapped the eagle in his jacket and walked him back down the trail, singing “America the Beautiful” to the bird.
He walked with the bird for more than three miles before the eagle was taken to the Sharon Audubon Center for rehabilitation.
On Sunday, those caring for the bird said she was doing well.
“This bird did not exhibit any symptoms of poisoning or toxicity, which are always top concerns when admitting a bald eagle into our clinic,” the Sharon Audubon Center said. “She is in excellent body condition, weighing a whopping 11 pounds. However, she has sustained a broken wing.”
The center said the fracture is in her right wing, close to her elbow joint. The spot of the break is too close to the joint to be surgically repaired, the center said, so her wing was splinted, bandaged and wrapped to her body.
The wing wrap will stabilize the fracture and immobilize the wing to allow her to heal.
“With a fracture so close to the joint, the healing process may interfere with the mobility of the elbow, which could render this bird unable to fly properly,” the center said.
The recovery period is expected to take weeks and include physical therapy and cold laser therapy. The therapy will help keep the joint moving while the fracture heals.
“Time will tell whether this will be successful,” the center said.
It’s still unknown how she was hurt, but the center said it’s possible she might’ve been hit by a car as she was flying away from a meal she was eating since her crop was full when she was brought in, indicating she had recently eaten.
“This scenario is not uncommon for heavy-bodied birds of prey,” the center said. “We ask for healing thoughts as we do everything we can to return this majestic bald eagle back into the wild where she belongs. We are hopeful.”
Donations toward the eagle’s treatments can be made at sharon.audubon.org/support-our-work