Rare crowned eagle healing well - rescue volunteer

2016-11-07 17:40
Crowned eagle recovers after injury. (Karen Zaspron)

Crowned eagle recovers after injury. (Karen Zaspron)

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Durban - A rare crowned eagle suspected to have been hit by a car near Ballito, north of Durban, is gradually recovering, animal rescue volunteer Karen Zaspron said on Monday.

She told News24 that a lot of work had to be done on the majestic bird to treat its numerous injuries.

“He is doing okay. But he is showing signs of neurological issues. The sight in one eye is also not correct. His one leg is not as functional as it should be,” she said.

She assumed a car hit him and he suffered a severe concussion. He was on anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotics.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued him from the side of a road on Sunday following a call from a concerned resident.

Zaspron said she had been housing injured animals in her home for more than a decade. She was keeping him warm and comfortable.

“He is not eating by himself, but we are feeding him every few hours. He is getting a bit of strength back and he can stand for a short periods.

“Over the years I have treated many animals, but this is my first crowned eagle. From what I can tell they are very rare and not seen very often.”

Crowned eagles are more often found in East African countries such as Ethiopia and Uganda, and forested parts of Kenya and Tanzania.

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