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Rescued! This 30 year old bald eagle crashed through a double-paned window into a bedroom in Jackson today. Not only did the eagle survive the crash but USGS leg bands reveal that he has been surviving in this area for 30 years! Now, the eagle is recuperating in TRC’s oxygen tank with some minor cuts and scrapes, head trauma, and severe bruising but no obvious broken bones. We’ll take x-rays in the morning to check for fractures. Thanks to @_troutslayer_ for the photos and for calling TRC to come to the rescue!
Reed Moulton, of Jackson, Wyoming, was taking a nap earlier this week when he received quite the surprise. An adult bald eagle crashed through his bedroom window, shattering the double paned glass and lying, seemingly lifeless, between a desk and the window frame. Moulton feared the worst.
Luckily, the eagle quickly came to and climbed atop the fly tying desk next to the broken window, clearly in shock. Moulton quickly called Wyoming Game and Fish who referred the case to the Teton Raptor Center. The rescuers were able to avoid further harm to the animal or themselves from all the broken glass strewn about the room and took the eagle to the Center headquarters in Wilson.
After a thorough assessment, veterinarians predict that the eagle will make a full recovery, having suffered from severe bruising, a scratched eye, and a minor concussion. The Raptor Center was also able to age the bird based on a USGS leg band from 1989; he is an astounding 30-years-old. For reference, the accepted average for a bald eagle in the wild is only 20, making him one of the oldest bald eagles ever documented in the wild.
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