Eaglet trapped in nest treated at Raptor Center

3:55 PM, May 6, 2012   |    comments
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Photo courtesy: The Raptor Center

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The next few days are critical for a young eaglet struggling to stay alive.

"I can't tell you the specific time, but we only have a couple of days," said Dr. Julia Ponder with the U of M's Raptor Center. "The chick needs to be under the care of adult eagles soon."

It's a young raptor that's been seen by thousands on Minnesota Bound's eagle cam set up in Hutchinson. But on Thursday afternoon those fans saw the three-week old eagle trapped in its own nest.

Good news came Friday when a crew from The U of M's Raptor Center received a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to allow a professional climber to attempt to reach the nest and free the eaglet.

"We they brought it here it was very depressed and could hardly hold its head up," said Dr. Ponder. "Unfortunately, there were maggots in its skin and it was dehydrated."

Dr. Ponder's staff hope the young eagle, named Harmon, will recouperate quickly.

"The more time is spends with humans, the more likely it is to develop abnormal behavior," said Dr. Ponder.

The goal is to have the eaglet return to the nest soon and experts hope its parents soon follow.

Follow the story on the Minnesota Bound website.

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