Bald Eagle Struck By Cars in Plymouth Recovers at Raptor Center
A bald eagle is recovering at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center after being struck by multiple cars in Plymouth a few weeks ago.
“I’ve always known they are ginormous and when I pulled up, I could see how big she was and I thought this is going to be interesting,” said Emily Payne, a community service officer with the Plymouth Police Department. “But when I pulled up, she didn’t flinch or anything so I knew she needed my help.”
When the eagle made it to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, it got a complete examination with x-rays and blood work. No bones were broken, but the medical team did find internal trauma that has been treated with rest and pain control.
“We are thrilled with how she is doing,” said Dr. Victoria Hall from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. “It sounds like the public did a phenomenal job securing the bird so it couldn’t get hurt more and then also making sure it could get in a container so it could come to us.”
Hall calls the bird “the epitome of a big, bold wild female eagle.”
“In our hospital, we want our patients to be wild. We like it when they don’t want to be with us because they are ultimately going to go back out and be wild birds,” said Hall. “This is one tough bald eagle and we are going to be very excited to see her fly away from us and back to the wild.”
The medical team expects the bird to be back out in nature in one to two weeks.
CCX News Executive Producer Corey Bork contributed to this report.