Injured eagle released into the wild

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A badly injured eagle that received care from the Henry Doorly Zoo was released into the wild Monday.

This bald eagle caught national attention from his head wound that puzzled experts as to what it was. Fontenelle Forest volunteer Dr. Coleen Stice diagnosed the wound as an electrical burn and offered her plastic surgery skills and burn expertise to the eagle.

Dr Stice, with the assistance of Zoo veterinarian Dr. Trenton Shrader, completed a skin graft from the eagle’s inner leg to the top of his head. Without the ability to grow feathers, this bird would not survive in the wild due to sun damage and the possibility of meningitis.

“I'm thrilled to be able to get this eagle back to the wild sooner than expected. We owe both the great staff and veterinarians at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Dr. Colleen Stice for their amazing work on this injured bird. Without their help, the prognosis on his recovery would have been very different,” said Betsy Finch, Fontenelle Forest Raptor Rehabilitation Manager.