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On October 23, a golden eagle paid a flying visit into the condors' exhibit at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park in Escondido, California. The condors were not too thrilled with their guest.
The raptor was found on the ground inside the enclosure by a Safari staff member who quickly realized that something was amiss. The golden eagle apparently had become tangled in the fencing of the enclosure. This had drawn the attention of the condors, who attacked the intruder. Although able to free itself from the fencing, the eagle was unable to take flight again.
The injured bird was sent to the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, CA, for treatment. This sanctuary provides medical and rehab attention for native wildlife.
Although suffering several abrasions on the feet and wings, a deep cut on his beak, and exhaustion, the golden eagle did not appear to have any long term injuries.
"His wounds were cleaned, he received a round of antibiotics, and will shortly be moved to a flight cage so he can practice those flying skills a bit more before being released," reported Ali Crumpacker, the Center's director.
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Photo of initial exam at Wildlife Center courtesy of Ali Crumpacker.