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    An Eagle Kiss

    Not many people get a picture of this proud bird
    snuggled up next to them!

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    Freedom and Jeff
    Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer.
    She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings.
    Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery,
    it was broken in 4 places.
    She's my baby.

    When Freedom came in she could not stand
    and both wings were broken. She was
    emaciated and covered in lice. We made the
    decision to give her a chance at life, so I took
    her to the vet's office. From then
    on, I was always around her. We had her in a
    huge dog carrier with the top off, and it
    was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to
    lay in. I used to sit and talk to her,
    urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay
    there looking at me with those big brown eyes.
    We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

    This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still
    couldn't stand. It got to the point where the
    decision was made to euthanize her
    if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't
    want to cross that line between torture and
    rehab, and it looked like death was
    winning. She was going to be put
    down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in
    on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go
    to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't
    bear the thought of her being euthanized;
    but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone
    was grinning from ear to ear. I went
    immediately back to her cage; and there she was,
    standing on her own, a big beautiful
    eagle. She was ready to live. I was
    just about in tears by then. That
    was a very good day.

    We knew she could never fly, so the director
    asked me to glove train her.
    I got her used to the glove,
    and then to jesses, and we started
    doing education programs for schools
    in western Washington .
    We wound up in the newspapers,
    radio (believe it or not) and some
    TV. Miracle Pets even did a show
    about us.

    Richard

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    Wow. Impressive story!

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