A baby bald eagle that was shot earlier this month in Rhode Island will be transported to a wild bird rehabilitation center in New Jersey today, according to the Providence Journal.
The female bird was originally found in the Central Landfill in Johnston on Feb. 12 and brought to the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island in Saunderstown for treatment, where it has been treated for the past two weeks. During tests, veterinarians at WRARI discovered the bird had been hit with buckshot in parts of its body – including its brain.
According to Dr. Chi Chan of WRARI, the bird (named "Eleanor" by WRARI staff) sustained brain damage but is still able to walk and stand. She can't, however, feed herself on her own and has to be tube fed. Chan adds that there is no hope of removing the bullet and that the chances of the bird being released back into the wild are slim.
Dr. Chan and Dr. Meredith Bird will drive the bird down to The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ. According to the trust's website, the center is "one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers" in the country with state-of-the-art facilities.