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University of Illinois treating injured golden eagle

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  • Experts at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic are treating an injured golden eagle that appears to have lost its way.

      Experts at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic are treating an injured golden eagle that appears to have lost its way.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

URBANA, -- Experts at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic are treating an injured golden eagle that appears to have lost its way.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports the bird was rescued last week near Sadorus , about 10 miles south of Champaign. The eagle has a broken bone in its left wing.

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Dr. Julia Whittington says it's rare for the clinic to treat a golden eagle. They're usually found in the western U.S. and typically migrate to Mexico. Whittington says this bird may have gotten lost and been blown off course to Illinois.

She says golden eagles have a brown head with a golden sheen and are larger than the bald eagles typically found in Illinois.

Whittington says it will take four to six weeks for the bird to heal.

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