ALBANY, N.Y. - Friday is a big day for Spirit the eagle; for the first time in nine weeks, he is outside.
Spirit was released into the "flight cage" at The Animal Hospital in Guilderland Friday morning, after he was found in October in Stuyvesant with gunshot wounds to his wing, skull, abdomen, and leg.
The "flight cage" is where Spirit will continue his rehab and have the chance to practice flying again. The specialty-designed cage has walls safe enough for him to fly into, and a perch in the middle of the cage allows him to feel more like he is in his natural habitat.
His injuries were severe and his condition was touch-and-go-for awhile,
but Spirit is doing much better after intense physical therapy,
according to Dr. Ed Becker. "He has progressed steadily each day," Dr. Becker said, "He's at a point now that his wing is well enough that we can start to exercise him."
Dr. Becker says Spirit will be in his flight cage for about one week, and then it will be determined if he's well enough to be released back into the wild.