A collaborative effort is responsible for the recent successful rescue of a juvenile bald eagle last Sunday in Little Egg Harbor.
According to Rob Libonati, publisher of the Mystic Island, NJ – Community Thoughts news page on Facebook, he received a tip from a local resident on Saturday that a raptor was possibly injured.
“I contacted Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, and advised him of the situation,” he said.
Wurst and Libonati checked the area the next morning, locating the eagle in a brush-filled area off Great Bay Boulevard.
“Wurst said he believed it was possibly electrocuted since it had singed tail feathers and an apparent injury to a talon,” Libonati said, adding that the eagle was immediately transported to Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. in Newark, Delaware for veterinary care.
The rescue center has since advised Wurst that the eagle is “alive but severely emaciated. He needs to put on weight fast to survive. No neurological damage from the electrocution but his flight feathers are toast, so he will need to molt before being released.”
“Thankfully Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. is giving him the best possible care!” he added.