HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - People around the area had the amazing opportunity to watch something you don't see very often, the release of a bald eagle.
For the eagle to be back and able to get along, it took work from many volunteers, with someone from the raptor rehabilitation group, Soarin' Hawk estimating around 30-40 people playing a role.
Kids from Huntertown Elementary School and others came out to view the release. After the eagle was hit by a car on Hathaway Road in northern Allen County, someone who witnessed it got into contact with Soarin' Hawk. The group tried to help, but couldn't find it. The next day, after hearing one was struggling in the same area, they found it. Soarin' Hawk found that it had a prior leg fracture that had somewhat healed and a broken collarbone from where it was recently hit.
Bob Walton from Soarin' Hawk says, "You can't put a sling on a bird, but essentially, that's what we did. We bandaged up the wing to keep it from moving until that could heal, and then for about the last month, we've been exercising her very vigorously. Part of the exercise thing was, of course, doing the rehab thing, like stretching the wing in and out, in and out, in and out."
After some healing, the bird got tethered flying practice to exercise. That led to the exciting release for everyone in attendance. They estimate this female bald eagle is around 4-years-old.