ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A bald eagle was rescued from a storm drain Thursday at about 6:20 p.m. after being stuck for about 90 minutes.
Portions of Curry Ford Road near Goldenrod Road were shut down in Orange County as crews worked to rescue the eagle.
The medical team caring for the female eagle said it will take about six weeks for the animal to recover from its injuries and be released back into the wild.
The 5-year-old eagle had injuries on her leg and chest, and has a cracked beak.
“I saw two eagles fighting in the sky and they just dropped right into the drain, so I immediately pulled over,” said witness Edward Bickerstaff.
Crowds gathered around the scene to see the dramatic rescue.
We also just learned the eagle is more than 5 years old and is female. She also has a cracked beak pic.twitter.com/2Qk6Xi420n— Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) November 11, 2016
The eagle has a chest and leg injury after the dramatic rescue. pic.twitter.com/lAj8hQzdha— Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) November 11, 2016
“Very stressed and nervous right now. I ran out of my house,” said resident Vanessa Shahan.
One of the eagles managed to fly away, but stuck around for more than 30 minutes nearly on top of the eagle that was stuck.
When the bird flew away, the stuck eagle fell into the drain.
The eagle may be recovering for about a month to 6 weeks. Medical experts say the wounds need to heal and the bird has to build muscle pic.twitter.com/GUE6lyfLJI— Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) November 11, 2016
Crews worked quickly to get the injured eagle help.
The crowd cheered and applauded as a team pulled the eagle out of the drain.
Dianna Flynt, who is a supervisor of rehabilitation at Birds of prey, said the male eagle was likely in the female eagle’s territory and the two began to fight.
Expert says bird were fighting over territory. This time of year, bald eagles typically fight over territory pic.twitter.com/YKKSh010jC— Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) November 10, 2016
“Somebody who didn’t belong in this territory showed up and the other said, ‘Oh, you don’t belong here,’” Flynt said.
Rescuers said the eagle will not be released in the same area, but she may go back if she wants to fight for her territory again.
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