One bald eagle died and a second is fighting for life after separate incidents in Connecticut, according to the Audubon Society.
One eagle, initially rescued by state police, was found on the side of Route 8, in the area of exit 25, in the Beacon Falls/Naugatuck region, said the Audubon Sharon on Facebook.
The person who found the eagle said he saw it fall to the ground. But the Society says on Facebook that the eagle was hit by a vehicle suffering a fractured wing and soft tissue damage.
The federal band on the eagle documented that he was a male and banded as a nestling in Connecticut in May of 2003, making him 16 years old.
Audubon employees took the wounded bird to wildlife veterinarians at Kensington Bird & Animal Hospital for radiographs and a full examination to evaluate the severity of the injuries.
"We are sad to say that the damage to the wing was so extensive that this beautiful bird could not be saved," they announced on Sunday, Oct. 20.
Another bald eagle also dropped off at the Society is suffering the extreme effects of chemical poisoning of some kind.
He was examined by a wildlife veterinarian at Stone Veterinary Hospital and bloodwork has been sent out to identify the chemical that rendered him mostly paralyzed; unable to stand, lift his head or move at all except for frequent seizures.
"At this time we are suspecting either rodenticide, an organophosphate pesticide or fertilizer," the group said on Facebook.
That was five days ago and he is still in critical condition. Yet, progress has been made.
To keep track of his progress, visit the Audubon Sharon Facebook page.
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