A wounded eagle found by tourists in west Iceland is now recuperating, and should return to the wild next month.
RÚV reports that the eagle in question was spotted by tourists last Tuesday just west of Stykkishólmur in west Iceland. The eagle was flightless, and one of its wings was apparently injured. The tourists alerted staff at the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, who in turn solicited the help of the West Iceland Natural History Institute to retrieve the bird.
From there, the eagle was driven south to Reykjavík, where it was taken to the Reykjavík Zoo for rest and examination. Sooner thereafter, it was taken to an animal hospital.
Kristinn Haukur Skarphéðinsson, a veterinarian for the Icelandic Natural History Institute, told reporters that the eagle was missing several key feathers from one of its wings, which disabled the eagle’s ability to fly. However, he added, there is no reason to panic.
“The prognosis is good and these missing feathers are all growing back, and will be fully grown again after a few weeks,” he told reporters. “I presume that some time in February, it will be flying free again.”