NEW INFO: Rescued Bald Eagle Making Progress

A bald eagle rescued by Pitt County deputies on Thanksgiving Day continues to make a good recovery.

The eagle spent the weekend at the Downeast Wildlife Rehab Center in Ayden. The eagle has been nicknamed "Catfish" because of her preferred diet at the wildlife center.

The center's director says she still believes that the eagle doesn't have a broken wing, but is having x-rays performed on the bird Tuesday just to be safe.

Marti Brinson thinks that the eagle was likely injured by prey it was trying to eat, and might have suffered an infection as a result. Either way Brinson believes the eagle just needs a little time to get its strength back and has an optimistic outlook.

"Probably will be here until she fattened up a little bit and then go to a flight facility for a few weeks, until she gets stronger and hopefully go right back where she came from," Brinson told WITN.

Thanksgiving afternoon deputies received a call from a passerby who said there was an eagle on the side of the road in the area of Hudsons Crossroads and it looked like it's wing was injured.

Wildlife Officers instructed deputies how to rescue the bird properly, wrapping it and sheet and they placed it in a patrol car.


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A bald eagle, rescued by Pitt County Deputies on Thanksgiving, is doing well and should be able to take to the skies again.

The bald eagle named "Catfish" is now in the care of the Downeast Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Ayden.

Marti Brinson, president of the center, says the Eagle should be able to fly again. Her wing wasn't broken, but apparently weakened by an infection.

The eagle has been nicknamed "Catfish" because of her preferred diet at the wildlife center.

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It is Turkey day, but on this Thanksgiving the Pitt County Sheriff's Office rescued another type of bird, a Bald Eagle.

According to a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, deputies received a call around 3:30 p.m. Thursday from a passerby who said there was an Eagle on the side of the road in the area of Hudsons Crossroads and it looked like it's wing was injured.

Deputies contacted Wildlife Officers who instructed them how to rescue the bird properly. With the help of neighbors, deputies were able to wrap the bird in a sheet and put it in their patrol car. The Eagle was then taken to Wildlife Officers who could give it the proper care.

Deputies say it looked like the Eagle had been struck by a car.


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