07-10-2012, 11:04 AM #1
Survival of injured baby golden eagle in Utah wildfire called 'amazing'
(CNN) -- The resilience of a burned baby golden eagle that survived a Utah wildfire is astounding wildlife rehabilitators nursing him back to health.
"The trauma and the injury and the situation he is in -- to come out of it is amazing," said DaLyn Erickson, executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden.
All of the eaglet's feathers, even on his head, were charred. He also suffered burns to the feet and around his beak.
His improbable story began June 1, when a volunteer who documents eagles placed a band on the bird............
The nest on Lake Mountain was gone, the rocks behind it blackened by the blaze.
Keller then spotted legs and talons near a scorched juniper below.
Amazingly, the baby eagle was alive............
Keller said he has thought of the horror the helpless nestling might have felt when flames approached.
"He had enough courage to jump from that nest and try to save himself anyway," said Keller, 56, who describes himself as an amateur ornithologist. "He is a real fighter."............
She and her staff dubbed the survivor "Phoenix" -- a reference to the mythical creature that is reborn from the ashes.
More at link with video......
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