Knox the eagle faces new kind of life

Picture of Knox the bald eagle's injured wing.

Quincy's Raptor Rehabilitation Center at Katherine Road Animal Hospital in Quincy has rehabilitated and released many bald eagles back into the wild. But the center's latest patient is facing a much different future.

Knox is a "teenaged" bald eagle that is learning how to live life in a brand new way after surgery on a badly damaged wing.

Karen Roush the assistant director of the rehab center says that Knox came to the center in Quincy after a bus driver and some kids from the Knox County R1 school district saw the injured bird back in February.

"They went down the road and they turned around and come back up and it was still there," Roush said. "Then they called the authorites and bird was transferred here to us."

The medical director of the Raptor Rehabilitation Center , Dr. Drew Kaiser says that bones of the bird's right wing had been broken.

"It was to the extent where you couldn't put it back together," Dr. Kaiser said. "Because birds, of course, in order for them to be able to fly their wings have to be hollow. So when they break they kind of crush. So it was at a point, in order to be able to maintain him and rehab, we'd have to take and remove that distal part, the outer part of the wing."

In the video above you can clearly see the difference between the injured wing and the one that is not.

The extent of the damage means that Knox will never be released to the wild again.

"He will have to stay in a sanctuary or zoo or somebody wants an eagle just there on site," Roush said.

Karen has high praise for the bus driver and children who did the right thing by not trying to pick up the injured eagle.

"If you ever find a raptor or a bird of prey of any kind, please don't go and try to catch it yourself," Roush warned. "They're very dangerous, they're hurt, they're scared. Please call the authroities, call the conservation office. They can call here at the raptor center. We can go out and get the birds and properly handle them."

Knox is taking a trip back to Knox County on Friday.

Karen is presenting a certificate and picture of Knox to the bus driver and students who rescued the bird.