After treatment, rescued bald eagle released back on Long Island


Liberty is free!

The rescued bald eagle was released Tuesday after being examined by veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. John Sapeinzia of Plainview’s Long Island Veterinary Specialists.

The nine-pound bird was scooped up last week by Strong Island Animal Rescue League when reports came in the majestic animal was stuck on a busy median along Route 112 in Medford. The male bird, later named Liberty, was brought to Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown.

The nature center discovered damage in the right eye of Liberty, but it was discovered by Sapeinzia that the eye had been damaged for a while.

“This tells us that Liberty has been hunting on his own with this eye impairment for some time now and was able to successfully catch food,” wrote Sweetbriar Nature Center.

This allowed the bird to become releasable, after the DEC came and tagged him. He was freed in park close to where he was originally flying. Watch the release below.

Top: Liberty the bald eagle being released back into the wild. (Credit: Sweetbriar Nature Center)

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