AMAZING Rescue of Baby Eagle- Honor Gets the Presidential Treatment

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  • Published on:  Saturday, April 22, 2017
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    The right leg of one-month-old bald eaglet, Honor (DC4), became precariously lodged inside a hole within the outer rails of its nest. The eaglet was unable to free itself after a considerable period of time.

    Honor resides in a wild nest located at the top of a Tulip Poplar tree at the Agricultural Research Service’s U.S. National Arboretum in Washington DC along with its sibling Glory (DC5) and bald eagle parents Mr. President & The First Lady.

    Via the live-streaming cameras at it became apparent to worldwide viewers that Honor was in trouble and distressed. A human-coordinated rescue was needed to significantly decrease the chance of serious injury to the eaglet's leg. The American Eagle Foundation and the U.S. National Arboretum immediately cooperated with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and to plan the removal of the eaglet from the nest.

    After being retrieved and lowered from the tree by professional arborists Matt Morrison & Marty Levine the eaglet was initially assessed on the ground by US Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Craig Koppie. It then received further examination by veterinarian Samantha Sander at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, who truly gave the eaglet the "presidential treatment"! A physical check-up and radiograph revealed no permanent damage to Honor's leg, with the only visible signs being a slight abrasion and swelling on the right leg. Overall, the eaglet received an acceptable health report and was approved by the veterinarian to be placed back into its nest.

    The entire process of freeing the eaglet's leg, getting it checked out/radiographed, and then returning it to the nest took less than 24 hours. Honor was successfully returned to its nest at the Arboretum on April 21st at around 5pm EDT. Mr. President, The First Lady, and Glory welcomed Honor back home safe and sound!

    We at The American Eagle Foundation are extremely grateful for all USFWS, USNA, Ex-Cel Tree Experts and Maryland Zoo staff and volunteers who readily responded to this emergency situation and helped make this a quick, safe and successful rescue effort.