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Bald eagle euthanized after rescue in Amherst

Courtesy of The Wildlife Center of Virginia (file) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) - An injured bald eagle rescued from an Amherst County roadside has been euthanized.

Wildlife officials tell The News & Advance that veterinarians at the Wildlife Center of Virginia were treating the bird with painkillers, but were forced to euthanize him late Tuesday when his condition worsened overnight.

The Amherst County Sherriff's Office said in a news release a passer-by spotted the animal Saturday morning near U.S. Route 29.

The center's director of outreach Amanda Nicholson says the adult male eagle was admitted to the center that same day with severe internal trauma and lead poisoning.

Nicholson says they suspect the eagle was struck by a vehicle based on the where the bird was found and the condition it was in.

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