A story that could have been tragic had a happy ending last weekend when Brian Barber, head pilot for Polaris, released this rehabilitated eagle at the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, Minn. Beth Siverhus, a wildlife rehabilitator from Warroad, Minn., received the bird in mid-October from a couple who had found it on their hunting land near Wannaska, Minn. The eagle had been shot with a shotgun on one side and had broken its other wing when it fell. “It was the thinnest eagle I had ever seen,” Siverhus said. She tended the eagle for a few days before Barber transported it to the Raptor Center in the Twin Cities on the Polaris airplane. The eagle “literally got the last seat on the plane,” Siverhus said. With the eagle recovered, the Raptor Center arranged for Barber to release the bird. (Terry Headley photo)
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