WALNUT CREEK (KCBS) — An injured golden eagle is recovering at an East Bay wildlife rehabilitation hospital after being rescued by San Ramon firefighters.
The Contra Costa Times reported on Wednesday that the 11-pound eagle, which veterinarians believe is a female, was rescued by firefighters, along with a county animal control officer, after being found outside a district fire station by neighbors.READ MORE: Fire Burning At Car Dealership Shuts Down El Camino Real Road In Santa Clara
Officials said the young eagle suffered from head trauma and possible a toxic condition that comes from eating small mammals that have ingested rodent poison.READ MORE: French Bulldog Stolen At Gunpoint Returned To Castro Valley Family
Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital spokeswoman Elisabeth Nardi said there were reports of the wounded eagle flying into windows.
Nardi said the eagle will stay at the hospital in Walnut Creek for at least 30 days to confirm that she is healthy and able to catch her own prey before being released back into the wild.MORE NEWS: Big Sur ‘Colorado’ Fire Sparked By Pile Burning Operation, 50% Contained
Golden eagles have been protected in the United States since 1963.