Rare golden eagle rehabbing broken wing in Decatur
(AP) -- The Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur
has been caring for a rare golden eagle found with a broken wing.
The bird was found in a field north of
Sadorus in Champaign
County on Oct. 25. Now
named Midas, the 8-pound bird has been with the raptor center since Dec. 6.
Raptor center program director Jacques
Nuzzo says the center has never had a golden eagle and caring for the bird has
presented challenges. Golden eagles eat a lot of food and instead of diving for
their prey they slam into them. Nuzzo is rehabbing the bird's wing by forcing
him to fly to food on a perch.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says about 50 golden
eagles spend the winter in northwestern Illinois.