The Detroit Zoo’s handicapped-bird-accessible bald eagle exhibit has a new tenant — with another injured eagle, the zoo’s third, on the way.
An undersized, one-winged, 5- to 6-year-old male from southern Indiana, named Mr. America by the licensed rehabber who nursed him back to health, left quarantine at the zoo in late December and was released into the American Grasslands habitat overlooking Pierson Lake.
He joined another rescued male, Flash, who suffered a wing injury on Alaska’s Kodiak Island eight years ago that prevented his release back into the wild.
Mr. America’s injury — believed to have been inflicted by a power line — forced the amputation of his right wing.
“It took a little while for him to get his balance,” said Tom Schneider, curator of birds at the Detroit Zoo. In the new habitat, the bird can choose from a number of perches, all reachable via strategically placed logs and other objects …