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Shot baby bald eagle's condition improves

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By Chris Sheppard

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - The eagle who was shot and found freezing at the central landfill in Johnston is slowly getting better.

The eagle experienced some swelling in its brain after it was shot in the head, and lost a lot of brain functions. The bullet is lodged near its brain.

The condition of the female bald eagle has improved enough that the eagle can walk in a straight line, according to wildlife rehabilitator Kristin Fletcher, who is caring for the bird.

The eagle experienced some swelling in the brain after it was shot in the head, the bullet lodged near its brain. The veterinarians caring for the bird have put it on Prednisone to control the swelling.

Fletcher told ABC6 News that previously, the bird would only walk in circles because its ability to move was impaired after it was shot. "The fact that she can walk in a straight line instead of circles is huge," Fletcher said.

Fletcher also said that unfortunately, the bird cannot yet feed itself and doesn't recognize the natural food it is supposed to eat. If the eagle can be rehabilitated enough to recognize food, it may stand a chance to live a somewhat normal life.

The Wildlife Rehabilitators' association of Rhode Island is trying to get permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to take the eagle to Raptor Trust in New Jersey, a facility where the eagle might be able to learn how to eat again. Fletcher said that if the injured eagle is put with another eagle that knows how to feed itself, that it may stand a chance of learning how to feed itself again.

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