Injured, rescued Florida bald eagle takes turn for worse, caregivers say

A female eagle that was rescued after falling into a storm drain in Orlando has taken a turn for the worse Monday, caregivers at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey facility said.

The Audubon Center’s Michael Goldman said two eagles were fighting, most likely over territory, when they landed on a storm drain on Curry Ford Road near Goldenrod Road.

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When one of the eagles flew away, the female eagle fell into the drain. After about 90 minutes, the 5-year-old eagle was rescued.

"She's got a lot of energy right now, which is great," Goldman told WFTV Friday. "Last night, she was still a little stunned, but she seemed to have come out of that state of shock."

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The eagle’s caregivers said that due to its puncture wounds, the animal has accumulated fluid around her heart and lung.

The eagle has been moved to a veterinary hospital in order to provide intensive care. Caretakers said they are hopeful for recovery, but it is still too early to tell.

Caretakers said the eagle is in critical condition due to the severity of injuries she suffered in the fall, but it’s still unknown exactly what’s wrong.

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