A DEDICATED veterinarian and a wildlife shelter operator in Hamilton are combining to nurse a rare patient back to health.
Natalie Roadknight was preparing to leave work at Cox Street Vets on March 28, when a man brought in an injured wedge-tailed eagle.
The man had been driving between Hotspur and Heywood when he found the eagle, dazed and bleeding by the roadside.
Fearing for the bird’s life, the man rushed the young bird to the Hamilton-based clinic, where he was x-rayed and treated by Dr Roadknight.
“He had head trauma and broken orbit of the eye – a fracture in the bone just below the eye which didn’t need surgery,” she said.
“He looked almost dead on arrival, but I lifted up the tarp and once he saw some light he was looking a lot brighter.
“I popped a towel over his head – he was an amazing bird to handle.
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