E8 moved outside as condition improves

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SANIBEL, Fla. — Injured baby eagle E8 is going outside for the first time since being found with a broken femur last month, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife announced early Thursday.

Doctors at the clinic believe the bird will feel less stress in an outside environment, where it will have a chance to fly. The goal of the move is to encourage it to begin eating on its own without assistance. E8 has been perching, vocalizing and taking short flights since moving outside Wednesday, CROW said.

The next step in the eagle’s recovery would involve the removal of the pin inserted in its femur during surgery that took place May 14, the clinic reports.

The juveline American bald eagle had gone missing for days before being discovered near the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam. Video 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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