One of the two bald eagles rescued from a storm drain in central Florida last week has died.
The injured eagle, which was receiving treatment at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, died Monday night, the center said in a statement.
The eagles became trapped in a drain in Orange County near Orlando Thursday. One was able to fly away but the other was taken to the Audubon Center and later placed in intensive care.
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"Our team, along with Dr. Robert Hess and the staff at the Winter Park Veterinary Hospital made every attempt to save this beautiful bird," Katie Warner, Director of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, said in the statement. "We’re going to continue educating the community on why we must conserve Florida’s environment to help prevent the loss of our nation’s symbol of freedom. We’d like to thank the community for the outpouring of support."
The bird was one of 65 injured or sickly bald eagles to be treated at the center in Maitland this year.