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Bald eagle continues to make progress at Sharon bird rescue

SHARON – A bald eagle, on the verge of death and rescued last week, is doing much better. The eagle is currently recovering at Audubon Sharon. DEEP Conser...

SHARON - A bald eagle, on the verge of death and rescued last week, is doing much better.

The eagle is currently recovering at Audubon Sharon.

DEEP Conservation Officers rescued the bird last Friday near the Thomaston Dam where it was on the ground and struggling to even stand.

Initial tests showed that the eagle, a male estimated to be about 9 years old, had high internal levels of mercury and lead.

It's currently being treated twice a day with medicine, followed up by feedings.

"He definitely started eating from us pretty quickly and he just started picking up little pieces of food on his own last night actually," said Sunny Bettley, Audubon Sharon's wildlife rehabilitator.

The bald eagle is making such great progress that the rehabilitation center says it's entirely possible that the bird can be released back into the wild within a couple of months.

A full toxicology report on the bird is expected in a few days.

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