Fallen bald eaglet is euthanized
One of two eaglets that fell about 60 feet from a Dunedin tree last week has died.
Their nest, designated Pinellas Nest No. 20, collapsed April 4 due to age and wear, sending the still-flightless 8-week-old chick tumbling to the ground. Its sibling fell the next day.
The chick suffered from a leg fracture, said Dianna Flynt, the rehabilitation supervisor at the Audubon Society Birds of Prey Sanctuary in Maitland, where the bird was given medical care.
It was euthanized after it wasn't healing, and an additional fracture was discovered after more X-rays were taken.
The nest came to be known as "Hoover's nest" in February after a days-old orphan eaglet was placed in the nest by the Audubon Society.
Arno Beken, who lives in the house below the 65-foot pine where the nest used to be, said he suspected that the recently deceased bird is not Hoover. Hoover is several days older and larger than the other two chicks, Beken said. The second bird that fell from the nest is beginning to fly, Flynt said.