- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) - A golden eagle will take to the skies again after being rescued by firefighters when she appeared disoriented.

The San Mateo County Times reports (https://bayareane.ws/1PcxoKE) that the 3-year-old eagle passed flight and live prey tests on Thursday. She will be released Friday with a GPS tracking device so biologists can track her flight patterns.

That data can help determine the placement of wind turbines.

Her recovery comes about a month after San Ramon Valley firefighters saw her crashing into windows as she attempted to fly.

The bird had severe head trauma and was partially blind in her left eye when she arrived at the Lindsay Wildlife center.

Director of Veterinary Services Guthrum Purdin said the bird “has a lot of heart and, even for an eagle, is very fierce.”


Information from: San Mateo County Times, https://www.sanmateotimes.com

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