SEVIERVILLE — Wildlife rehabilitators have rescued two juvenile bald eagles whose nest fell 75 feet to the ground during a thunderstorm.
The Mountain Press reported American Eagle Foundation volunteer John Prickett received an anonymous phone call Monday, saying a nest behind a supermarket on Winfield Dunn Parkway had blown down.
Volunteers from the foundation located the 6-week-old birds within an hour. One had sustained wing fractures. Both were taken to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine for treatment.
"It's a tragic story with a good ending," said Prickett.
Foundation President Al Cecere said he hopes both eagles will eventually be able to fly.
"We're hoping that because it's a young bird it will recover nicely, but we don't know for sure," Cecere said of the smaller bird.
If the eagle cannot eventually fly, it will be kept at the foundation for educational use.
The foundation earlier put up signs in a Kroger store parking lot, cautioning people to remain at least 300 feet from the nest. Foundation officials also negotiated with helicopter tour operators to change their routes away from it.
Prickett said he didn't know if the adult pair of eagles would rebuild the nest.
"It's a sad picture," Prickett said. "The female brought a fish to where the nest was and just sat there. After a while, she flew away toward the river."
To learn more about the American Eagle Foundation, visit the foundation website.