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Healing the Wedge-tailed Eagle

10 April 2014

Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary’s Australian Wildlife Health Centre have successfully housed and treated a Wedge-tailed Eagle in April. Staff from Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre brought the eagle into Zoos Victoria's care after he was found with his foot caught in a rabbit trap on a farm.

Treating the eagle proved to be a collective Zoos Victoria effort, with Werribee Open Range Zoo conducting the initial surgery to amputate his severely injured toe before transporting him to the Centre for recovery and rehabilitation. The surgery and rehabilitation has been a great success and the eagle is well on his way to be released back into the wild. 

The Centre has treated the eagle for the last 2 weeks and is about to undergo 2-4 weeks of fitness training before being released back into the wild, where he will once again, rule the skies.

Zoos Victoria and Healesville Sanctuary's work in the treatment and rehabilitation of injured bird life will take to the silver screen this May with the release of Healing, a film depicting the Sanctuary's ongoing partnership with Corrections Victoria that helps aid the recovery of injured birds.