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Eagle hit by car, nursed back to health, released in Clearwater

An American bald eagle that was nursed back to health after it was struck by a car while feeding in the road was released back into the wild on Tuesday morning at a Clearwater park.

Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife, Busch Gardens and Nature World Wildlife teamed up to treat the eagle after it was hit on Oct. 5 on Countryside Boulevard, next to the Westfield Countryside Mall.

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The eagle was hit while eating the remains of a dead animal, Clearwater police said. Clearwater firefighters and police officers protected the injured bird from traffic until rescue workers arrived.

"Tuesday will be an exciting day as we release this majestic bird, the symbol of our nation, back to the wild," said Kris Porter of Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife.

The eagle was not released where it was found because of overhead power lines and traffic nearby, police said. Instead, the release took place at nearby Lake Chautauqua Park on Landmark Drive.

Eagle hit by car, nursed back to health, released in Clearwater 11/29/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 7:51am]
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