FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – An end in the road to recovery, for an injured eagle cared by Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation for two years.
The non-profit plans to celebrate one of their most challenging cases by letting a young bald eagle fly free once again.
In 2016, Indiana Conservation Officer Corporal Josh Kilgore and Soarin’ Hawk volunteer Lynnanne Dennison-Fager found a six-month-old eagle at a high school in Grant County.
The bird had a broken leg and mites chewed through the eagle’s feathers so severely, vets were forced to replace her flight feathers with those from another deceased eagle.
Vet tech Katherine Ternat described the process, “As far as I know, that’s the only one we have ever done. We want to do more – we have the feathers and capability to do it now but its such a huge deal because so many of those feathers were broken and chewed on.”
Volunteer Pam Whitacre told us why its so vital the eagle bond with its own kind.
“He was only six months old and he had been hunting some. We need to get him some adult eagles so he could learn how to hunt properly.”
Whitacre brought the eagle back to Fort Wayne, after it spent time at a recovery center in Illinois.
That’s where the bird was able to fly around in a large pen.
Sunday, she will be released into the wild at 2 p.m. at Salamonie Reservoir in Huntington County.
The event is free and open to the public.