North Carolina residents help injured bald eagle

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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A severely injured bald eagle found at Camp Lejeune is getting the treatment she needs after North Carolina residents acted quickly to help her.

The bird was heavily sedated with a huge bandage covering her wing after she arrived to the Carolina Raptor Center on Saturday.

Authorities said that X-ray testing confirmed the bird had a severe break to her upper wing.

"This is probably a collision of some type,” said Mathias Engelmann of the Carolina Raptor Center, referring to the bird’s injury. “Could have been a structure like a high voltage tower or fence or something. We may never know."

The Carolina Raptor Center specializes in rehabilitating injured raptors. The facility got a call about the eagle found at Camp Lejeune on Friday.

They knew that to save her, they had to get there quickly.

So, instead of sending someone to drive to the eastern part of the state, the center called on Fred Darnell, a volunteer who happens to be a private pilot. He was more than willing to fly the two hours each way to help.

"Whenever we can help animals or birds, in particular these raptors, it gives us a great sense of accomplishment,” Darnell said.

Officials at the center said the eagle has been injured for more than a week now, which does not help her chances.

The raptor center said they hit an all-time high last year, treating more than 1,000 birds of prey.