Bald Eagle Chick Returned to Nest in FL Refuge

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Associated Press Release

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say a bald eagle chick rescued from a central Florida wildlife refuge has been reunited with its parents in the wild.

The eaglet was one of two rescued at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in March. Matt Smith of Audubon Florida says that a storm knocked their nest from a tree.

Smith says staff from the Kennedy Space Center brought the birds to the Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.

One eaglet suffered an eye injury and will be kept in captivity.

Smith says the other eaglet was left in a nest bolted to a platform in a tree in the same area where the chicks had been found. The eaglet's parents quickly returned to tend to the young bird.