Injured bald eagle rescued in DC before Independence Day

WASHINGTON (WCSH) - An injured bald eagle was rescued in D.C. over the weekend just days before the country it symbolizes celebrates its 241st birthday.

Animal welfare officers from the Humane Rescue Alliance responded Saturday to reports of an injured bald eagle in Southeast showing signs of troubled breathing, lethargy, and being unable to fly.

The national bird was safely taken in by officers and transported to City Wildlife, a wild animal rehabilitation center.

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Humane Rescue Alliance provided an update Monday, saying the bald eagle was "bright and alert" following a morning examination and is in stable condition.

The eagle doesn't have any obvious signs of injury and all blood work has come back normal.

Bald eagles, once endangered, are no longer on the federal list of threatened and endangered species, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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