UPDATE (04/21/22) —

The eaglet that broke both of its wings did not survive post surgery care, according to officials with Illinois Raptor Center.


DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — A family of bald eagles was left without a nest on Tuesday.

Why it fell to the ground is still a mystery, but there was not much left of it after it fell. One bird stayed in the nest as it fell while two others were able to escape. One bird made it to the ground safely and it is being cared for at the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur. The other broke both wings after falling and is being treated at U of I’s animal clinic.

The Raptor Center built a new nest for the birds. They said they build nests all the time, but they have never made one for a bald eagle.

“We have done it with gray horned owls, we’ve done it with barred owls and red tail hawks,” said Raptor Center Director Jacques Nuzzo. “This would be the first time we have done it with an eagle. I know other people have done it and it works so we had to build a temporary nest, but there are no plans for temporary bald eagle nests so we had to invent it as we went along.”

The nest they made is six feet in diameter, which is about the size of a starter nest for a bald eagle. Nuzzo said the nest that fell was probably close to eight feet long. The new nest will go up on Thursday.