"Riverbanks acquired this particular bald eagle after it was determined the bird would not be able to survive on its own in the wild," said Martin Vince, curator of birds at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.
Tri-State veterinarians had been caring for the now one-year-old eagle after she
was discovered near-death in a roadside ditch last spring.
Exams taken upon arrival at the facility showed old shoulder fractures, which are believed to have prevented the bird from hunting successfully, leading to her
"This bird's survival story is really a metaphor for the species as a whole," Vince