E8 shows improvements, leg pins removed

Photo courtesy of Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

SANIBEL, Fla. – One of Southwest Florida’s beloved eaglets is showing signs of recovery, according to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife.

E8 still has a few pins in his right leg, but nurses were able to remove one pin that was used to join fractured femur bones. The eaglet was taken off strict cage rest and moved to a small flight enclosure last week.

Since then, CROW reports that E8 has been alert and flying onto higher perches. His other signs of recovery include a complete appetite and the ability to eat a large fish on his own, though he still requires assistance with feedings, according to CROW.

E8 was most recently found critically injured near the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam in May. Footage showed an owl attacking the eaglet and pushing the bird off its perch.

This is not E8’s first run-in with CROW’s rescue efforts. We was rescued back in February after enthusiasts noticed his foot was entangled in fishing line.

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