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Eagle rescued after crashing into Chicago hotel

By Ben Hooper
Eagle rescued after crashing into Chicago hotel
A bald eagle is being rehabilitated after crashing into the window of a Chicago hotel. Screenshot: WBBM-TV

June 14 (UPI) -- A bald eagle was rescued from a downtown Chicago hotel after it "had a tussle" with one of the building's windows.

Chicago Animal Care and Control confirmed the 1-year-old female eagle is being rehabilitated after colliding with a window at the Sofitel Hotel near the Lake Michigan shoreline late Monday.

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Video from the scene shows Animal Control officers using a blanket to catch the eagle at the glass doors of the hotel.

"CACC is a place where both the tame and the wild things come ... and thanks to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, it is the place where this wild and beautiful sub-adult Bald eagle, who had a tussle with a Sofitel window downtown, left at 7:00 this morning," CACC said Tuesday in a Facebook post.

"The eagle is doing well so far," Dawn Keller, founder of the rehab center, told WBBM-TV. "It's standing. It's alert. Everything looks pretty good."

She said the eagle was the second to strike a downtown Chicago building in recent weeks. Keller said the first eagle did not survive.

Annette Prince, director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, said the group received several calls about the eagle crash Monday. She said this year is the first time eagles have been reported hitting Chicago buildings since 2003.

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"Eagles are around, they certainly are not living or spending time downtown, but they pass through that area as they are moving to different territories and that must have been what happened to this bird," Prince said.

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