By Jim Stanford on February 28, 2011
Bert Raynes already had the scoop on this, but the photo is so remarkable it bears posting. On Friday, the Teton Raptor Center released this bald eagle into the wild at Bear Lake, Idaho, six weeks after it collided with a semi-truck.
The eagle had been feeding on a dead deer and flew the wrong way as the truck approached near Montpelier, Idaho. The bird suffered internal bleeding and had pulmonary problems, but surprisingly no broken bones. The Raptor Center took it under its wing and nurtured it back to health.
“This return to the wild qualifies as the most remarkable among our success stories,” said Amy Brennan McCarthy, the center’s executive director. This was the fourth release of a raptor back into the wild this year.
Major props to the truck driver, Ben Wright, for seeking care for the eagle. Wright also snapped this photo.
Anyone who finds an injured, ill or orphaned bird of prey in the Jackson Hole region should call the Raptor Center hotline at (307) 200-6019.
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