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Solebury eagle making rapid recovery


The lead-poisoned Solebury eagle “is so over being sick” says his primary caregiver at the Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in Chalfont.

The dying male Bald Eagle that could not stand or even lift its head was found May 21 by Pidcock Creek Road neighbors who got the wheels in motion to get him to the rehab center.

But now the big bird has had his first round of medicine, is eating on his own and flying around a small flight pen, said Leah Stallings, executive director of the Aark Center.

“He’s on the mend and I think we’ll be getting a full recovery,” she predicted, adding the bird’s Solebury neighbors are calling in to check on his progress.

But he’s not quite there yet. There will be more rounds of medication, (EDTA Calcium) costing almost $400. Those wishing to contribute to the bill can do so at or the center’s Facebook page, Stallings said.

The eagle will soon be moved to a larger flight pen to prepare him for open skies and his need to search for food.

He will then be returned to his Solebury nest where he has one youngster that is now being dutifully fed by the mother.

Lead poisoning, a common problem, is caused when birds ingest shotgun pellets, bullet fragments and fishing sinkers made of lead, Stallings said.

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