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Fallen eaglet’s short life comes to end

An eaglet rescued from the Aspen Glen golf course after falling out of its nest was put to sleep Monday morning.The eaglet was picked up by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and taken to a rehabilitation center south of Silt. It was given an X-ray and IV. Rescuers do all they can to rehabilitate a bird before they euthanize it, said Justin Martens, Colorado Division of Wildlife district wildlife manager. To euthanize an animal, the vet injects it with a mixture of drugs. A euthanized animal doesn’t feel any pain, it just falls asleep, Martens said.The DOW waited for two weeks before deciding to euthanize the eaglet, Martens said. “He was in pretty bad shape,” Martens said. “He couldn’t walk, and he was underweight. He couldn’t stand up or close his talons, and after waiting for a little over two weeks, we made the executive decision that he wouldn’t recover.”The other eaglet from the same nest is healthy and should start flying within the next couple of days, Martens said.Rescuers assumed the mother eagle abandoned the living eaglet, but she returns to the nest once or twice a day to feed the baby, Marten said.The eaglets were the second set to hatch in Garfield County this year, Martens said. Previously, none had hatched in the county since 1973.The eaglets hatched near the 10th hole of the Aspen Glen Golf Club. The hole is closed but will reopen July 1.”All we can do now is just keep our fingers crossed and hope the other one will make it,” Martens said. “It looks like it’s going to.” Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. 534ivogel@postindependent.com

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