Injured bald eagle, found to be blind, euthanized

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — An injured bald eagle found in Smithfield earlier this month had to be euthanized despite determined efforts to save the raptor. The male eagle with severe head trauma and damage to both eyes was found at Stump Pond on Oct. 2 and brought by the Department of Environmental Management to the Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island for care. The clinic said in a Facebook post that the 6-year-old bird was given around-the-clock care, including anti-inflammatory medications, specialized eye drops and fluids, but a veterinary ophthalmologist determined that the eagle was completely blind and the decision was made to euthanize him.

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