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July 11, 2013

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Golden Eagle Treated at Wildlife Medical Clinic Last Year Being Released

URBANA - After a long road to recovery, a golden eagle that was treated at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic for a fractured ulna is finally ready to fly free. The release will take place on Friday, July 12.

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, on October 25, 2012. After treatment for its broken wing, the bird, dubbed Midas, was transferred to the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur for rehabilitation.

Jacques Nuzzo, program director for the Illinois Raptor Center, has been working steadily to strengthen Midas and ensure that the bird is ready to fend for itself.

Nuzzo will release the bird at the 4-H Memorial Camp at Allerton Park in Monticello, Ill., in part for the benefit of the children attending Camp Corral, a weeklong experience exclusively for children of U.S. military personnel who have been injured or killed.

It is highly unusual to see a golden eagle in this part of the country, says Dr. Julia Whittington, medical director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic. She says these birds, originally found across North America, today range primarily in the west, from Mexico 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 clinics 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