May 7, 2012 at 8:54 am
HUTCHINSON, MN (KNSI) - Thousands of Minnesotans have their fingers crossed this morning for a young eaglet who's struggling to survive after an accident last week.
The three-week-old baby eagle, named Harmon, got its wing caught in the nest it shares with its mother on Thursday. Live video streamed by the Minnesota Bound eagle cam, watched in horror as little Harmon struggled to free himself.
A crew from the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center, climbed the tree and freed the eaglet Friday, after getting permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Doctors from the center found Harmon very dehydrated, bruised and swollen, but he recuperated quickly.
Crews put Harmon back in his nest yesterday. The challenge now, will his parents return to the nest? Experts are hopeful, but as late as Sunday, Harmon's mom and dad had not returned.
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