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Golden eagle shows up in IL

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:57:26 CDT
By: AP

Experts at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic are treating an injured golden eagle that appears to have lost its way. The bird was rescued last week near Sadorus, about 10 miles south of Champaign. The eagle has a broken bone in its left wing.   Doctor Julia Whittington says it's rare for the clinic to treat a golden eagle. The birds are usually found in the western US, and typically migrate to Mexico. Whittington says this eagle may have gotten lost and been blown off course to Illinois.   She says golden eagles have a brown head with a golden sheen and are larger than the bald eagles typically found in Illinois. Whittington says it will take four to six weeks for the bird to heal.

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