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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:15AM

Phoenix flies on

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By Robin Jenkins, DVM

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Peace River Wildlife Center had a VIP guest recently. An old friend stopped by briefly to say hi. A bald eagle was seen perching on a pole over the parking lot at Ponce de Leon Park. Our rehabber, Cara, was able to take a quick picture before he flew away. After uploading the digital photo to the computer and zooming in, we were able to tell that he had a band on his leg. While not definitive proof that it is Phoenix, our spirits were buoyed by the prospect.

Phoenix is a bald eagle that was admitted to PRWC in January 2013 after having been shocked while perching on a power line. The massive discharge did not flow through his body, which undoubtedly would have meant certain death. Rather, the heat from the energy discharge flowed past and around him. Unfortunately the heat released burned the feathers off the entire right side of his body. His right wing was damaged so badly, it could have taken years to replace all the feathers he would need to sustain flight.

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