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Sat Dec 22, 2018, 05:59 AM

Phil the eagle test flies his surgically repaired wing after November rescue from Indiana Toll Road

Phil, the bald eagle found on the Indiana Toll Road with a broken wing, is on the mend.

He has moved to the rehab part of his recovery at Humane Indiana Wildlife after being at Arbor View Animal Hospital since Nov. 12. Dubbed Phil by staff at the Valparaiso clinic, he underwent surgery to have pins placed in his wing so it would heal. The pins recently came out and he was moved on Dec. 18.

Out of the confines of the cage he was in while recovering from surgery, Phil has 16 feet in which to stretch his wings and begin the process of flying again. Within the next week or two, depending on how he does and when a bard owl occupying an adjacent 84-foot cage is ready to be released, Phil will move to the larger portion.

The veterinarians at Arbor View did physical therapy with Phil, moving his damaged wing to prevent atrophy and contracture, which impacts the webbing in his wing.

“Now he’s in an enclosure where he can do that on his own,” said Steve Lakatos, director of Humane Indiana Wildlife, located east of Valparaiso.


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