- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A bald eagle rescued in Fairfax County this week has been euthanized.

County police say an animal control officer rescued the bald eagle after getting a report that it was injured and appeared unable to fly in Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. Using a blanket, the officer secured the eagle after pursuing it in marshy woodlands and with the help of a park visitor who stopped it from swimming away.

The eagle was taken to a veterinarian, who found that along with a broken wing, the eagle may have suffered from pesticide poisoning.

Police said Thursday that the extent of the eagle’s injuries would not have made him a good candidate for either permanent captivity or life in the wild. They say he was “humanely euthanized.”

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