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Rescued bald eagle continuing recovery

By Aaron Luna, KXLY4 Reporter / Weather Anchor , aaronl@kxly.com
Published On: Jun 05 2012 12:47:17 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 05 2012 12:49:05 PM CDT
Bald Eagle
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It started out as a picture on Facebook showing Robert Hutton rescuing an injured eagle from a busy Spokane street. But now word of the bird's plight has spread from Spokane to the East Coast.

"And the publicity of this is just overwhelming," Hutton said.

"Well we had a call from New York this Morning, ABC News. Somebody from California called," Mt. Spokane Veterinarian Randolph L. Scott said.

But the bird of prey, which picked up the name Glen, is still fighting to stay alive.

"They'll make a rally and then crash again so it's really hard to tell," said Scott about Glen's chances of survival.

Luckily Glen the eagle landed at Mt. Spokane Vet Clinic where they see plenty of eagles each year.

"They're more active. They've migrated back to this area and things happen to them," said Scott.

Glen has no broken bones so veterinarians think he ate something toxic. He hasn't been able to keep food down so they're continuing to flush his stomach with water. His chances are about 30 percent.

"He's moving; that's a good sign. He tries to move away when you go in there," said Scott.

The staff at the vet hospital named the eagle, however Glenda might be a little more appropriate than Glen. It's really hard to tell an eagle's sex because the organs are on the inside. The doctor has measured the pelvis because females usually have a larger pelvis but right now it's anyone's guess on whether the eagle is Glen or Glenda.

Despite the sex, naming rights go to the staff member who spends the most time with the patient.

"Bobby the barn owl or whatever and we've had Mickey the Moose," one of the vet techs said.

And while the patients may disagree on the names they get, everyone there hopes Glen -- or Glenda -- pulls through and leaves his mark where other eagles have recovered before.

"Hopefully he's gonna be flying around in here in a week or so and he'll be able to be released; that's the hope," Scott.

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