An ailing bald eagle was recovering July 5 under the care of the San Diego Humane Society. Photo via Twitter @sdhumane.

On the 244th birthday of the United States of America, a bald eagle, one of the nation’s patriotic symbols, was found ailing on the ground at the Barrett Youth Correction facility in Alpine and taken to the San Diego Humane Society for treatment.

“The magnificent bird was rescued and brought to us by SoCal Parrots, after it had been observed on the ground for a couple of days,” said Nina Thompson of the San Diego Humane Society.

Sunday afternoon,  Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center workers were able to successfully hand-feed the bird, Thompson said.

“The bald eagle is a juvenile, a fledgling, who has not been seen flying on his own,” she said. “Our goal is to provide him nourishment and stabilize him as quickly as possible so he can return to his family before it may fly off.”

The prognosis remains guarded.

“The bald eagle will remain in our critical care unit, where he receives extra oxygen,” she said.

It is rare for the San Diego Humane Society to admit a bald eagle, she said.

— City News Service

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