- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking into the recent death of a captive bald eagle at the Pioneers Park Nature Center in Lincoln.

The bird named Haliaeetus - the scientific name for bald eagles - died Jan. 25, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (https://bit.ly/1DrNhtZ ). Nature Center coordinator Andrea Faas said the eagle, dubbed “Hali,” suffered from twisted intestines.

Hali was about 12 years old. Eagles can live as long as 30 years in captivity.

She had been on exhibit at the southwest Lincoln nature center since 2003, when she was rescued after being injured near Valley. The bird could not be returned to the wild because part of her left wing was amputated.

Bob Harms, a Fish and Wildlife biologist in Grand Island, said it is policy to look into any death of an eagle or migratory fowl. Faas said she got a call about two weeks ago from a Fish and Wildlife official about Hali’s death.



Faas said Hali started to limp on her left leg near where her wing had been amputated in fall 2013, but got better after a veterinarian prescribed an anti-inflammatory drug. She relapsed last fall and was tested for West Nile virus, which was negative, Faas said.

Hali then developed an infection and was treated with antibiotics, but started to lose her feathers. Staff moved her indoors for closer observation.

Hali got worse in December and was taken to Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery near Elmwood, where she died two days later.

“It’s a painful loss,” Faas said.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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