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October 30, 2012

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Golden Eagle with Broken Wing at Wildlife Medical Clinic

URBANA - A golden eagle is being treated at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic for a fractured ulna. The injured bird was found in Sadorus, Ill., and brought to the clinic, located in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine, by a conservation law enforcement officer, according to Dr. Julia Whittington, medical director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic.

"This is highly unusual because we just don't have golden eagles in this part of the country," notes Dr. Whittington. "We believe this bird has a good chance at recovery."

Normally these birds range through the western part of North America, from Mexico (where they are the national bird) to Canada. Golden eagles are a legally protected species in the United States.

About the Wildlife Medical Clinic

The Wildlife Medical Clinic is a non-profit organization, run primarily by student volunteers, that accepts ill, injured, or orphaned wildlife 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The clinic's primary goal is to help animals recover to be released back into the wild. It depends on fund-raising, donations and grants to cover the cost of medical equipment, diagnostic testing, specialist consultation and therapeutic and surgical treatments for wild patients. For more information, see