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Ailing eagle on the mend

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Several blocks northwest of Garfield Ridge—just west of 47th and Harlem–motorists late last month noticed an eagle flying low and acting erratically.

The Villa Park-based Chicago Bird Collision Monitors was contacted, and its volunteers found and captured the majestic bird.CRRNH EagleCaptured 011222

It was transported to a facility owned and operated by Glen Ellyn-based Willowbrook Wildlife, where veterinarians determined the eagle was not injured, but poisoned by anti-coagulants normally used to kill rats.

Raptors who eat mice and rats (as well as rabbits and squirrels) are themselves poisoned.

The eagle is expected to be held for about a month as it is given doses of vitamin K to restore its blood clotting ability.

Volunteers said the eagle is believed to be part of a pair, so the plan is to release it back to the forest preserves near where it was found, to continue with nesting season.

–Supplied photos

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