Injured bald eagle that escaped crate on North Side found safe, San Antonio bird rescue says

Bird was found in a baseball field about a mile away from organization

A file image of a bald eagle. (Chris Szagola, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio bird rehabilitation organization has recovered an injured bald eagle that escaped its crate on the North Side.

Last Chance Forever, the Bird of Prey Conservancy, told KSAT that the bird was recovered safely Tuesday morning and is receiving treatment.

The bald eagle was found about a mile away from the center, located at 311 North Loop Road, near Wurzbach Parkway and Highway 281, according to a Facebook post.

The male adult bald eagle escaped its crate on Monday as it was being transferred to a facility for treatment.

He had a broken left leg but was able to fly and stand.

The organization asked for the public’s help in finding the bird and staff began their search “as soon as there was light” on Tuesday morning, according to the post.

“As eagles are birds that hunt in the daytime, they do not generally move around at night to any great extent,” the post said, adding that the bird landed in a baseball field.

The facility director and raptor technician were able to capture the bird “rather quickly,” the post adds.

“Many thanks to all our friends for keeping an eye out for the eagle,” the post added. “Caring and help like yours is how we are able to keep getting sick, injured, and orphaned birds of prey back in the wild for over 40 years.”

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