Two bald eagles rescued and being rehabilitated in northern Utah
Feb 3, 2022, 9:35 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 3:51 pm
OGDEN, Utah — Volunteers are nursing two bald eagles back to health after they say both were brought to them on the same day with critical injuries. Even though they’ve been rescued, their future is still uncertain.
Both bald eagles are at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, where volunteers say they typically treat two or three eagles a year — so having two come in on the same day is extremely rare.
Both of the birds, believed to be males, came in earlier this week. One was hit by a car and is paralyzed. He now has to be fed through a tube since he isn’t strong enough to feed himself.
The other eagle suffered some kind of major electric shock, likely from a power line. That’s left him with a hole in one wing and serious injuries to the other.
Rehabilitation center co-founder and chairman Buz Marthaler said they are still holding out hope that both could recover from their injuries, but it’s unlikely the eagle that suffered the electric shock will ever be well enough to be released back into the wild.
Marthaler also believes that eagle was injured and survived weeks on the ground before he was brought in for help.
“The fact that it was on the ground for a month and the wing where it came in at, is still alive — it gives good hope that we might be able to turn it into an education bird,” Marthaler said.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah is completely supported by donations. Marthaler says the community gives them a lot of support, but they could always use extra help.
A link to donate can be found here.