Injured eagle will soar again

A female crowned eagle recently treated by White River Animal Hospital is doing fine at the Dullstroom Birds of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre.

According to Frith Douglas of the centre, the bird is eating well and already out in the intermediary enclosure. When admitted, she was as underweight and concussed. It is hoped that she will make a full recovery and will be fit to be released back into her territory very soon.

The bird was brought to the local animal hospital a few weeks ago after she was struck by a vehicle outside Hazyview and had damage to her left wing and chest. People from the Endangered wildlife Trust were contacted for help.

It was captured and brought to White River.

On arrival Dr Bennie Pienaar and his team attended to her. She was X-rayed and scrapes and bruises from the accident cleaned and stitched up before she was transferred to the Dullstroom Birds of Prey.

The centre was established in 1997 and has been located at its present site since November 2004. Its original aim was as an educational centre, teaching the public about raptors and promoting an awareness of the raptor species and their plight as a growing endangered species.

The need for care of injured and orphaned birds of prey, however, led to its evolving into a rehabilitation centre. It is managed by the Wildlifesos Trust and incorporates Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

It is a non-profit organisation and receives no subsidies from the government. The centre relies solely on the generosity of the public and corporate communities.

The entities work independently from, but under the close guidance, supervision and permission of the Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Agency.

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Mariana Balt
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