CROW: E8 recovering after surgery

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(Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – CROW officials said E8 had surgery to fix a fractured femur Saturday.

Officials said they used a pin to hold the bone in place. E8 woke up after and is on strict cage rest.

PREVIOUS STORY: A juvenile American bald eagle “strongly believed” to be E8 was found in critical condition near the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam on Friday, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife said.

“The eagle arrived thin, dehydrated and very weak,” the agency said in a statement.

The eagle, which sustained a broken right leg, will be operated on during the weekend, then remain on strict cage rest, CROW said.

“The prognosis is guarded and CROW veterinarians will have more information after surgery is complete to repair the broken femur,” the agency said.

Many feared the worse when the three-month-old eaglet went missing May 7. Video from the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam showed the bird being pushed off a tree after being attacked by an owl.

The eagle was nursed back to health earlier this year after it was found tangled in a fishing line.

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