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Bald eagle recovering in Bollinger County after breaking wing

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A bald eagle is recovering from a broken wing and lucky to be alive after quick thinking by a Missouri state congresswomen.

Missouri State Representative Linda Black, R-117, said she spotted the bird struggling to fly on her Ste. Francois County farm on Tuesday, September 22.

"Right before dark we happened to see the eagle making its way across the field and we could clearly see that it was injured," Black said in a phone interview with Heartland News.

She then called a local Missouri Department of Conservation agent who captured the eagle and found him a temporary home at the Watkins Wildlife Rehab in Bollinger County.

"He could flap his wings but he was not able to fly," co-owner and animal rehab specialist John Watkins said.

An x-ray at the Skyview Animal Clinic in Cape Girardeau showed the eagle had a broken clavicle.

"You can't do anything surgically on that it's too small of a bone, but an important bone for them,” Watkins said.

It's unclear how the eagle became injured, but for the next 6-8 weeks the bird is grounded. He is expected to make a full recovery.

"It just shows me as a citizen and as a legislator that we have a premiere department of conservation and we also have a lot of citizens who are concerned about this eagle," Black said.

Mobile users: Slideshow of pictures of the eagle available by clicking here

Once the bird is able to fly on his own, Watkins will release the bird back where it came from near Black’s farm.

"It's fun it's a lot of work but we enjoy what we do,” Watkins said. “The reward for us is when we turn the animals loose and think they're going to reproduce and make the world a much more beautiful place."

John Watkins and his wife Carolyn Watkins have been caring for injured and orphaned animals since 1969. The federally and stated licensed animal rehab center now takes in and releases hundreds of animals each year including several of bald eagles.

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