Sevierville neighbors rescue injured bald eagle

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – A bald eagle is recovering after neighbors in Sevierville found the injured bird in their backyard. They noticed it looked hurt and immediately took action. They called the American Eagle Foundation for help. It’s now receiving treatment at the University of Tennessee’s Veterinary Medical Center for a puncture wound.

Kevin McMichael’s wife noticed the bird from their driveway. McMichael went over to take a video of it but quickly noticed something was off. The eagle was badly hurt.

“Took a good look at it. I could see some blood,” McMichael said.

He rushed to find his neighbors, including Kim Osborne.

“I guess my initial reaction was just shock because you don’t expect to see a bald eagle in your yard,” she said.

Her next reaction was to call for help. A crew from the American Eagle Foundation took the eagle to the University of Tennessee’s Veterinary Medical Center. Doctors said it had a pretty good size puncture wound. They believed the bird was in a fight with another eagle.

“We have to save the bird. That is the first thing you think of is that this is a national bird. We have to protect the eagle,” Osborne said.

Thankfully, doctors said the eagle is improving. They also said they found an old gunshot wound. A spokesperson with the TWRA said that is hard for them to investigate an old injury because that could have happened anywhere, even another state. They said if someone in the area believes they have any information, they should give them a call.

If you ever come across an injured wild animal, TWRA said to give them a call at 1-800-831-1174. The bird will be sent to the American Eagle Foundation to recover.





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