Alex O'Brien

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Fri, 20 Mar, 2015

After 9 weeks of rehab a Tasmanian sea eagle released back into wild

After 9 weeks of rehab a Tasmanian sea eagle released back into wild

After being nursed back to health by wildlife carers in Tasmania, the three-year-old white-bellied sea eagle has been released back into the wild.

The female bird was found at Cloudy Bay on Bruny Island nine weeks ago, unable to fly and in a distressed state.

Residents called for help and the bird was taken under the wing of the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania.

Craig Webb, who works at the refuge, said the eagle was in a bad way when it was found.

“Not really sure what happened, some serious bruising maybe,” he said.

“It's been recovering for about nine weeks [and] after about four weeks it started to fly again.

“I believe it has recovered fully and it has just got to get its flight fitness ... the next week will be a bit of a test for it, hopefully it will not get picked on by other territorial sea eagles around here.” 

Local eco-tourism operator Rob Pennicott brought the bird to its release point of the south-east coast.

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