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The most commonly asked question asked about Bald Eagle 13-0164 was, “She got stuck in what?” The answer, “A fish turbine”, didn’t usually do much to clear the matter up for the person doing the asking. Even if you know that a fish turbine is something that facilitates the safe passage of fish at a hydroelectric dam, it doesn’t help explain how an eagle gets stuck in one. But that is what this bird did. She ended up with hypothermia, a deep laceration in her left wing, and multiple abrasions and contusions for her trouble. She also ended up on the surgery table at PAWS, where her injuries were treated by wildlife veterinarian Dr. John Huckabee.

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Kevin, thanks for this great story! It's amazing that Dr. Huckabee and the rest of the team were able to repair the eagle's wing *and* allow it to heal properly so she could fly again. Congratulations to the whole Wildlife team!

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