Bald Eagle Rescued by Troopers After Being Hit by Car Has Died

A bald eagle that had been rescued by state police after being hit by a car has died.

Audubon Sharon in Sharon said the damage to the bird's wing was so extensive that the bird could not be saved.

The placement of the fracture was in a location that couldn't be pinned surgically, and amputation at that site would have been very debilitating, according to Audubon Sharon.

"The loss of a limb is a very difficult adjustment for a wild animal to make, and many birds struggle to adjust. Ultimately, the decision for his humane euthanasia was made for his own sake," Audubon Sharon said in a Facebook post.

The bald eagle had a "terribly bad fractured wing" and soft tissue injuries consistent with impact, according to Audubon Sharon.

The bird was taken to Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital for radiographs and a full exam to evaulate the severity of the injuries.

"Our hope and goal for every animal that comes through our doors is a successful recovery and release. However, the reality is that this is not always possible," Audubon Sharon said in a statement. "We take every factor of our patients' lives into consideration very seriously throughout the rehabilitation process and each decision will always be made in the best interest of the animal."

Connecticut State Police said the bird was found with a broken wing on Route 8 southbound near exit 25 around 12:48 p.m. on Oct. 16. Crews determined it had been hit by a car.

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