A bald eagle found one week ago by Metro tracks near the Van Dorn station on the Blue line has been euthanized, according to the rescue group that had tried to save the bird. The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia had hoped to rehabilitate the bird, but its injuries were too extensive, according to a spokesperson for the group.
The group worked with Metro and animal control to rescue the eagle last weekend and nurse it back to health during the week. One of the raptor's wings was damaged, but it's not clear how the bird was injured.
The bald eagle is a protected species so the eagle's remains will be shipped to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service' national repository in Denver. Meanwhile, the bird's feathers will be made available to certain Native American tribes for use in religious rituals.