Assan The Eagle Recovering Nicely, Will Soon Fly Free Again - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Assan The Eagle Recovering Nicely, Will Soon Fly Free Again

Published March 19, 2016

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Arturo de Frias Marques/Wikimedia Commons

An eagle found injured in west Iceland last January is reportedly recovering swiftly, and will soon be flying again.

The City of Reykjavík has announced that the eagle in question, Assan, has come out of indoor care, and is making a great recovery. He is reportedly eating well, and Kristinn Haukur Skarphéðinsson, a veterinarian for the Icelandic Natural History Institute, told reporters that he expects Assan to take wing and fly free again soon.

As reported, Assan was spotted by tourists last January 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 told reporters at the time that Assan was missing several key feathers from one of its wings, which disabled the eagle’s ability to fly. Once he gets his strength back, Assan will once again join his compatriots in the wild.


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