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Struggling eaglet euthanized by DNR

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May 6, 2014 at 4:48 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says an injured eaglet seen struggling on the agency's popular "eagle cam" has been euthanized.

The DNR initially said it would not interfere with the nest, but then changed its approach.

The eaglet was taken to The Raptor Center on Friday. Diagnostic imaging showed the bird had a serious injury in its elbow joint. The eaglet also had a systemic infection.

The Raptor Center says the eaglet's condition made it impossible for the bird to survive in the wild. Even if kept in captivity, the bird would have been in discomfort.

This is the second year of the eagle cam, which features a nesting pair of bald eagles live on the Internet.

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