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Loudoun County eagles treated after apparent battle in the sky

It’s probably not what people want to see bald eagles doing, but it appears that these majestic avians, which are now flourishing in the United States, have their differences and fight over territory.

On Oct. 11, animal-control officers in Loudoun County got a call about two bald eagles that seemed to be stuck together after aerial combat, according to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, which treated them.

The animals, which had locked talons and “wouldn’t let go,” had deep foot wounds. One had deep chest punctures, the rehabilitation center said.

But one eagle recovered rapidly enough to be released Saturday at Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park in the Lansdowne area of Loudoun. That is near where the two were found. The second eagle was still being treated, animal services said.

According to the rehab center, when eagles fight in the air, most of them let go before hitting the ground.


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