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Injured eagle rescued from Cedar River


A young bald eagle was rescued Friday morning out of the Cedar River in Waterloo.

An animal control officer was able to bring the young eagle to safety and take him to a vet to get treatment.

The eagle was not able to fly and onlookers were afraid it would drown.

It's not clear yet what caused the approximately two-year-old bird to be injured.

"He has an injury to his right elbow. It's very swollen and bruised and has a puncture to the skin and on X-ray it seems to be slightly dislocated which at this time with some inflammation on the bone which could be from trauma or another bite wound from another animal or another eagle fighting over food. It's hard to say how it happened," veterinarian Lori Cherney said.

Cherney says she's also testing the eagle for lead poisoning.

She says since Thanksgiving she's seen two bald eagles with lead poisoning and is seeing some symptoms of that with this bird.

Results are expected back by Monday.

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