Watch out for the osprey eagle!

October 10, 2012 Editorial Staff
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An osprey eagle in Bay Ridge? That’s right!

On August 30, the injured bird landed on a lamppost outside the Narrow Botanical Gardens, sitting there for hours, unable to fly.

Gabriella Rampi, a resident of Shore Road, spotted the creature from her window at around 5 p.m., bringing it to the attention of Jimmy Johnson, the gardens’ designer who has an animal rehabilitation license, who recalled that it was a “surreal experience.”

It wasn’t until 9 p.m. that the bird was finally rescued with the Fire Department’s help, with firefighters going up in a basket and capturing it with a net. A rare species for this area, the osprey eagle had a torn patagium (ligament), but no broken bones.

After spending a 24-hour period at the nature center in the Botanical Gardens, the bird was transferred to Wild Bird Fund, 565 Columbus Avenue in Manhattan, where it was treated for its injuries.

“The tear of its patagium tendon was very serious,” said a volunteer for the Wild Bird Fund, the rehabilitation center where the bird was taken. “We think it might have flown into a wire that cut the tendon.”

Rampi and her two daughters drove the eagle to the rehab center, entering the facility with the caged bird and receiving stares from everyone around them. “They had pigeons and blue robins,” but there was nobody else with an eagle, explained Rampi.

Rampi stayed in touch with the rehabilitators from the center, who informed her of the bird’s progress. “He was doing great,” she stated.

However, the tendon could not be repaired, and the bird without the patagium can never fly again. Nonetheless, despite its injuries, the osprey eagle survived.

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