New Smyrna Beach, FL – A female American Bald Eagle is once again flying free. The bird was rescued Thursday morning after some people found her along the side of Sr 415 near Lake Ashby.
One of the onlookers told Animal Control Officer Alicia Dease that the bird had been struck by a truck as she was eating roadkill. Dease was able to catch the bird easily, most likely because she was stunned. The bird was taken to the sanctuary at the Marine Science Center complex in Ponce Inlet.
The bald eagle was examined by University of Florida Veterinarian Dr. Craig Pelton and Bird Sanctuary
Program Manager Chris Wise. They determined that it had no injuries and was fit to be released.
The bald eagle was released Thursday afternoon at Lake Ashby Park. She quickly hopped from her cage and flew across the lake toward her home. It’s nesting season, and it’s believed that she has a nest.