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Rehab center helps bald eagles recover

Posted at 6:34 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 20:01:56-04

LANSING, Mich. — A social media post, gone viral, is helping three symbols of American freedom.

The post was asking people to donate food to a bald eagle rehab center in Eaton Rapids.

"The first (bald eagle) came from Sanalic County around July 4, the second one, Freedom came from Eaton Rapids," said Wildside Rehab and Education Center Director Louise Sagaert.

The most recent bald eagle is still shaken up after being caught.

"Animal control had gotten a call about Bald Eagle needing rescue in Eaton County on Gunnell road near Prey Farms and they were able to spot the bald eagle and captured it," said Sagaert.

Sagaert examined the eagle herself and didn't see any major fractures, but did find an infection.

"She does have an infection in her mouth, which is causing her tongue to swell up and not stay in her mouth so we did some treatment there."

Wildside will be caring for the eagle until the infection clears up.

"She'll be here until that clears up, we'll have to send her to another rehabilitation center that has a large flight cage because we do not have a flight cage that's large enough to fly a bald eagle," says Sagaert.

Wildside plans to get her healthy and strong enough to be released back in Eaton Rapids before winter sets in.

"Release her back here where her home territory is, so she will come back here for release," says Sagaert.

To find out you can help the eagles at the Wildside Rehab & Education Center head to their website,

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