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Eagle grounded

Saturday, 21st November, 2009

The recent oppressive high temperatures appear to be taking a toll on wildlife, with RRANA (Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals) fielding a number of calls reporting distressed and overheated animals.

Native birds in particular seem to be struggling with the heat, after a large Wedge-Tailed Eagle was found grounded in South Broken Hill.

The bird had struggled to fly several times before coming to rest, exhausted, under a tree in Picton Street. RRANA volunteers were able to capture the bird relatively easily, as it was too weak to escape. The team of volunteers caught it with a net and took it to a veterinarian before moving it to an aviary for observation. RRANA's publicity officer, Lindy Hunt, said yesterday the eagle was recovering well and could be released as early as next week if the weather is suitable. "He's been eating really well. We've got him in a small aviary so he'll conserve energy and keep cool." Ms Hunt said RRANA had received numerous calls over the last few days about stricken birds. "We've had a lot of calls. We've been inundated with birds suffering heat stress," she said. "It's been a very busy time over the last few days." Locals who find a distressed or injured native animal are invited to call RRANA's 24-hour hotline on 0429 204 416. Anyone who is able to help care for injured native animals are also welcome to contact RRANA.

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