Nearly blind bald eagle will get new home at sanctuary near STL

5 years 1 month 2 days ago Thursday, January 15 2015 Jan 15, 2015 Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:22:15 AM CST January 15, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A nearly blind bald eagle will be getting a new home at a bird sanctuary near St. Louis.

The eagle, which is blind in its left eye, was rescued from LaClede County a month ago and taken to Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield. It was in danger of being euthanized if a new home could not be found soon.

Zoo spokeswoman Melinda Arnold says the bird will be transferred Friday to the World Bird Sanctuary at Valley Park, which includes a wildlife hospital.

The Springfield New-Leader reports the Springfield zoo has two bald eagles and doesn't have room for a third. Zoo officials say the bird can't be released into the wild because it wouldn't survive without vision in its left eye.

 

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