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  • Injured bald eagle rescued in Corning

  • An injured American bald eagle found along the Chemung River in Corning this week by a Good Samaritan is now being treated at Cornell University, according to a wildlife rehabilitator who assisted with the rescue.
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  • An injured American bald eagle found along the Chemung River in Corning this week by a Good Samaritan is now being treated at Cornell University, according to a wildlife rehabilitator who assisted with the rescue.
    The immature eagle was found near a nest that is active this spring by a man who initially thought it was a hawk, said Andrea French of Corning, a state- and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
    The man found it Monday evening, brought it home and called French, who handles a wide array of sick and injured wildlife.
    “When I got there, I said to him, ‘This is not a hawk, this is a young bald eagle,’” French said. “Fortunately the right person found the bird. His instincts were right on. He secured it appropriately and then called for the appropriate help.”
    “He put it in a large dog kennel, tucked under some branches for privacy, and kept an eye on it from a distance, because he knew the bird was getting very stressed out,” French added.
    Immature bald eagles are brownish-colored and could easily be mistaken for a hawk; they don’t develop their trademark white head and tail until they’re about five years old.
    French said the bird appeared to have an injured left wing and could spread its wings but couldn’t sustain flight.
    When first-year eagles fly from the nest for the first time, they can be clumsy, but the bird could have been hurt in any number of ways, French said.
    After making sure its injuries weren’t life-threatening, French kept the eagle at her home overnight Monday, then volunteers in the area who specialize in transporting wildlife helped her get the bird to Cornell University’s Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center on Tuesday.
    “They will do extensive diagnostics on it to try to determine what the injury is, and what the possible cause might have been,” French said.
    After the eagle is treated, it will likely be taken to a rehab facility. If it can’t be released back into the wild, a permanent home will be found for it, French said.
    Efforts to contact the staff at the Wildlife Health Center at Cornell were unsuccessful Wednesday.
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