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Baby bald eagle nursed back to health by eagle foster parents

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
GRANTS PASS, OR (KPTV) -- A once tiny orphaned bald eagle is ready to return to the wild after six months of care from eagle foster parents at a rehabilitation facility in southern Oregon.
 
Starbuck was just 2 pounds when she was found by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service workers in Morton, WA.
 
The agency contacted Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center in Grants Pass about caring for the animal.
 
Wildlife Images staff stabilized the baby bald eagle by regulating its temperature and increasing its ability to accept food before presenting her to foster parents.
 
The center's resident bald eagles, Squeaky and Haggis, were moved into the site to begin the lengthy introduction process.
 
Cameras were installed in the outdoor enclosure to monitor the relationship between the birds.
 
Workers said they weren't sure if the older eagles would accept the baby, but before long, the foster parents were seen feeding Starbuck "to abundance."
 
Starbuck was protected, fed and nurtured for six months. The little bird had trouble standing at first, due to an iron deficiency, but she now weighs 11 pounds and is fully grown.
 
Wildlife Images is releasing Starbuck back into the wild close to the location where he was found, at the Blue Creek Boat Launch on the Cowlitz River in Lewis County, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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