Injured eaglet returned to its nest after brief stint in rehab
POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:34am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Harmon, a three week old baby eagle, is back in his nest after being treated at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center.
The eaglet was taken down from his nest Friday after one of his wings got stuck in a corner.
His wing was wounded so badly it became infected with maggots.
Dr. Julia Ponder executive director of Raptor Center said if they didn't intervene Harmon would have died.
"This wound is not completely healed. But it's closed over. It's scabbed over. We're not as worried about the flies getting in there," Ponder said.
What she is worried about is getting Harmon back to his parents.
Time is critical because eagles typically abandon the nest after 48 hours without their young.
On Sunday a team brought Harmon back to the nest.
Harmon's parents were about a mile away watching closely.
One of them even flew around the team.
As of Sunday night Harmon's parents have not returned to the nest, but Ponder said it is a good sign they are still in the area.
"We'll have to see what happens but the place in the world for him is for two parents to take care of him," she said.
It could take hours before Harmon's parents return to the nest possibly even up to a day.
If they don't return Harmon may be in trouble again.
Minnesota Bound, who is hosting the Live Eagle Cam, said if the parents do not return they will re-group and see what to do next.