After a death defying experience, a bald eagle is on the road to recovery. Thursday, the bird, believed to be an adult male, was hopping around a massive flight cage at an undisclosed location in Polk County.
Joan Waters is the woman charged with nursing him back to health.
"I am going to give him what the doctor ordered. TLC, feeding and observation every day," Waters said.
The eagle was discovered early Wednesday morning. He was caught in a wire that was wrapped around a branch overhanging a lake in a south Lakeland neighborhood.
His left wing was entangled in the wire. His body had cuts and abrasions from struggling to free himself.
One rescuer climbed the tree and cut the wire. A second in a kayak caught the bird as it fell.
The bird was taken to Dr. Thomas Schotman in Lake Wales, a veterinarian known for his expertise in caring for everything from native Florida wildlife to
"Once I removed the fishing line, he had free range of motion in his wings and looked like a pretty normal, pretty healthy bird," Schotman said.
The eagle has to be able to fly before Waters will release him. She hopes he will be strong enough to go back to the wild sometime next week.