Area 13-Year-Old Helps Save Bald Eagle 2-03-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

Area 13-Year-Old Helps Save Bald Eagle 2-03-2011

Reported By Forrest Sanders
WOODLAWN, Tenn.
On Tuesday, 13-year-old Payten Caldwell ran toward the creek outside her home. She knew something was down there.

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“She came busting in saying, 'Mama, there’s an eagle,'” said Payten's mother, Terri. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I came outside, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
The eagle had followed Payten up from the creek toward the home, Terri said.
“It was running from us and attempting to fly, and it would go a little in the air, and it would hit the fence and fall back down," Terri said.
“I needed to do whatever I could to help it,” said Payten.
With harsh cold weather on the way, Payten and her mom grabbed a net and blanket and carefully walked the eagle into a barn.
“I knew it needed to be dried off before the temperatures got real cold that night," said Terri. "I made it a nest with some hay.”
The eagle is a special symbol for the Caldwell family: Payten's dad is an Iraq war veteran who spent years with the Screaming Eagles at Fort Campbell.
“Knowing it was an eagle, something came over me where I knew this needs to get in the right hands and get taken care of," said Terri.
The Caldwells took the eagle to Walden's Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The eagle was in surgery Thursday, leaving the Caldwell family waiting and hoping the eagle would be OK.
“I hope she makes it," said Terri. "I hope for a full recovery and for her to be released back in the wild. We’d love to be there if that happens.”
Walden's Puddle officials said they hope the eagle will be recovered within a month.

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