Rescued eagle returns to neighborhood for release

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by AMY MORENO / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 7:56 PM

It was a happy ending for an injured eagle rescued from an Orting neighborhood.  The juvenile bird couldn't fly when neighbors first found it injured the week before last.

When the bird first appeared, nobody was sure what to think. 

“It was just unbelievable,” Harry Ferrier said. 

The bird seemed injured and was hopping around neighbors’ yards. 

“They think it got in a fight with another eagle and just dropped from the sky,” Ferrier said.

Whether it was luck or something else, neighbors say this eagle landed in the right hands. 

“This is a rescue neighborhood cats, dogs anything that comes around here gets rescued; eagles are no exception.”

They used a fishing net and neighborly cooperation to get her to a shelter, hoping they'd eventually see her again. 

“It knew it was in trouble and needed help,” Ferrier said.

 Rehabilitation Specialist Lynne Weber said she was in pretty good condition.

“She was healthy, very fat and we just needed to make sure she could do what she could do,” she said.

Monday, all the neighbors were there when she returned after recuperating at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. 

When the time came to open the cage door, neighbors knew she’d probably be gone in a flash.  But she was reluctant and needed a little prodding before taking off and soaring across the sky.

Neighbors hope she won’t go far “every time we look around and see one, you're going to wonder is that our bird?” Ferrier said.

She's part of this neighborhood and if she ever needs help, again, all she has to do is drop in.

“It's one of the best Christmas presents you could get seeing that girl take off like that,” Ferrier said.

Photos in the video by Dottie Tyson

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