Yapeen eagle’s recovery flies by

A MINIATURE eagle has impressed wildlife rescue workers with her speedy recovery after colliding with a window in Yapeen, 50km south of Bendigo, earlier this month.

The Australian Little Eagle was flying low through the town when she ploughed into the window of a home at about 10pm, much to the surprise of the family on the other side of the glass.

“Crash”, as she was named by her rescuers, was delivered to Bendigo’s Statewide Wildlife Rescue Emergency Service underweight and malnourished, weighing a mere 815g.

But the two-year-old bird of prey is making inroads since being admitted, and fast, according to the rescue service’s president Neil Morgan.

“She couldn’t fly at all when she was first brought in,” he said.

“She has since regained some of that strength and now weighs 920g, which is getting close to the standard female weight. “We’re now hoping we will be able to release her in less than two weeks time.”

Crash suffered only a mild concussion as a result of the collision, but the incident did help to uncover existing soft tissue damage in her left wing.

Mr Morgan said it was unusual for a Little Eagle to fly in the dark, and that Crash may have been trying to find prey on the ground when becoming disorientated.

Crash will be monitored throughout rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery, thanks to her rescuers.

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