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Wounded eagle soars once more

Monday, March 04, 2013 - 01:11

March 4 - Israeli falconry trainer teaches wounded eagle to fly again. Sharon Reich reports.

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She was either shot or electrocuted, but now this rare Eastern Imperial Eagle is learning to fly again. The wounded bird was found in the southern Israeli desert and brought to an animal hospital in Ramat Gan for recovery. After a complicated operation in which veterinarians inserted a platinum nail into her wing, the bird recovered but was still unable to fly. And that's where falconry expert Eyal Lifshitz comes in. SOUNDBITE: Falconry trainer Eyal Lifshitz saying (English): "She was operated about two and a half months ago and since then she is in rehabilitation which means that she lost a lot of her muscles so what we do now here we use old falconry methods, from hundreds of thousands of years ago to train her and to gain back her muscles." Lifshitz began training the bird daily in a nearby park and said her progress has been remarkable. SOUNDBITE: Falconry trainer Eyal Lifshitz saying (English): "We hope that in a week or two we will be able to release her back into the wild where she belongs. Only about a thousand pairs left of her race now." The Eastern Imperial Eagle is listed as a vulnerable species due to its small global population.

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Wounded eagle soars once more

Monday, March 04, 2013 - 01:11