Bald Eagle Recovers From Serious Injury

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM EDT

Town of Tonawanda, NY (WKBW) -A troubled bald eagle is getting a new lease on life thanks to the quick response of staffers at the Erie County SPCA. In early April, a 7-year-old bald eagle was rescued by DEC employees from a ditch south of Westfield. The bird had a broken left wing and further testing uncovered it had several infections and was suffering from lead poisoning. Unfortunately, veterinarians don't believe the eagle will be able to fly again, since its injuries were sustained long before he was found. The delayed rescue made it impossible for veterinarians to conduct any type of surgery on its injured wing. Wildlife staffers at the Erie County SPCA say the bird is recovering well and is extremely mild mannered.

"We're just happy to see that this bird is doing well under our care and doing well under the stresses of being in captivity. I think this makes his future much brighter," said Beverly Jones, Assistant Director of the Wildlife Department at the Erie County SPCA.

Since the 7-year-old eagle will not be able to return to the wild, he will most likely be placed in a learning center or facility. His permanent placement will be decided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.