Rescued bald eagle released in Des Allemands
Baton Rouge American Indian performs a ceremony as the bird is returned to nature
After arriving at the scene, Schmitt was able to determine that the young female eagle had severe injuries to its wings.
According to officials, the eagle's nest was probably damaged during either Hurricane Katrina or Rita, causing the nest to topple over with the youngster still inside and unable to fly. The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans was contacted and was able to transport the eagle to a safe location.
Dan Maloney, curator of the Audubon Zoo also responded to the call. He is affiliated with LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine that took charge of the eagle’s recovery.
The bird received extensive rehab for her injuries at a wildlife refuge located on the North Shore. After almost two months of recuperation and medical treatment, the female bald eagle made a full recovery.
On June 28, officials from the Audubon Zoo and St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, along with a Native American, released the eagle back into the wild close to where it had been found almost two months ago.
A Native American cleansing ceremony -- complete with colorful costumes, burning sage, and a traditional song -- was performed by Johnice Daniel, an American Indian of the Ogalala-Lakota and Cherokee-Micmaq tribes.
Following the ceremony, the eagle took to the air in glorious flight. The now free bird, affectionately named Willy, circled overhead four times before heading towards the trees at the far end of a cow pasture in Des Allemands.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
Steve Todd may have been the last participant in Saturday’s Bridge Run to cross the...
Employees of Home Depot, along with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post...
Nearly five months after 23-year-old Ramal Ellis was found shot to death behind the...
A 2002 BMW, 1999 Mercedes ML3 and a 2007 Ford F150 are among the 29 vehicles that...
Around 50 children and their parents shuffled in through the doorway at the...
Total Choice FCU, Your 1st choice for financial success!
Tigers ride no-hitter to win over Terrebonne - 540 views
Hahnville’s seven game win streak came to an end with a 1-0 loss to rival Destrehan last Thursday, but the Tigers (13-9) rebounded this week to beat Terrebonne and East St. John to improve their district mark to 3-1.