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At Cooper’s Landing on Sunday, a man pulled a bald eagle from the current of the Missouri River so it wouldn’t drown. The eagle was taken to the MU Veterinary School’s Raptor Rehabilitation Project. Roger Giles took his small boat upstream at the end of Sunday morning to check on a trotline he had set out the night before. Giles said, “I saw this bald eagle on the bank.” “After three or four jumps, the eagle landed in the water.” Giles watched as the eagle snatched a floating branch of a tree and seemed to move upstream. When the branch broke, the eagle was scared. He said, “It floated away, got caught in the current, and was carried farther down the river.” Giles said it took him about 90 seconds to get back into his boat and move toward the eagle. “Like a stretcher, I put this landing net under it and lifted it into my boat,” he said. Giles took the eagle back to his bigger boat at Cooper’s Landing so it could dry off and fly away on its own. As soon as he got back to the boat, he made four calls: two to the Missouri Department of Conservation and two to the MU Vet School’s Raptor Rehabilitation Program.

After a few hours, he realized that the bird wasn’t going to get better on its own, so he took it to Raptor Rehab. The Raptor Rehabilitation Project’s public relations officer, Christa Moore, said, “He was very lazy, calm, and sleepy.” “When they saw that none of his bones were broken, they did some blood tests and put him in a cage to rest.” The eagle’s health has improved, but it still needs fluids and cage rest. This is the eighth eagle this year that the rehabilitation project has helped. Most of them were hit by cars. Even though the tests on this eagle haven’t come back yet, Moore thinks that lead poisoning could have been to blame. She said, “They get it from the lead shot in their food.” “They’ll get a lot of lead in their bodies, which is dangerous for them in large amounts.”

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  1. Anonymous

    Baby eagles don’t have white heads or tails

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