There’s a bald eagle healing at Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation. Lou Browning who is the rehab center got a call the other day about an eagle that was in the water of a swamp and weak out in Camden County.
It took Lou three hours to get there from Hatteras. Although it may sound cruel to leave a weakened eagle alone, it’s the best strategy. Unless, of course, you’re trained in how to handle one of the largest and strongest North American raptors.
Let’s face it, a weak, frightened and angry bald eagle, is still a very large angry, frightened bird.
The initial report from Lou held little hope for the bird. He noted that it was very weak and dehydrated. And suffering from a mild case of lead poisoning, which evidently is somewhat common in eagles.
The latest report is that the eagle is recovering. When he first made it to the rehab center, he wasn’t given a very good chance of survival.
The plan is to transfer the bird to the Cape Fear Raptor Center where they specialize in the treatment of injured raptors.
What is Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation
HIWR has been around since 2010. Lou Browning is a certified wildlife rehab specialist licensed for just about any wild animal likely to be seen in northeaster North Carolina.
The center specializes in raptor and reptile rescue. Although the HIWR is licensed to handle a wide variety of wildlife, the facility is fairly small. Generally Lou stabilizes injured animals, then determines if they can be released or should be transferred.
Located in Frisco, the HIWR is the only wildlife rescue facility on the Outer Banks, and actually northeastern North Carolina.
For more information go to the Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation Facebook page.
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