One of two eaglets found after storm is recovering with a cast. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Eaglets in Sevier County are recovering after their nest was destroyed by a severe storm.
According to the American Eagle Foundation, the two birds fell 75 ft onto the ground last Monday, they were found shortly after and taken into protection.
"We got a report that the nest had blown down I called a couple other stuff, we all met out there and we were able to find both birds within an hour," said Al Cecere, Founder & President of the American Eagle Foundation.
One eaglet had minor injuries, the other was severely hurt and now has a cast around his wing. Cecere says the birds will remain under the foundations care, and hopes both will be able to fly.
"It's a compound fracture in this part of it's wing kind of between the elbow and the shoulder on a human arm. So it's a pretty severe break," said Cecere. "We don't know what the prognosis is for release of that bird because we don't know how the wing is going to heal and if there's going to be some other complications or not."
The other bird rescued is already at the release tower on Douglas Lake, and should be released in about 6 weeks.
This is the 2nd year the pair of eagles has had their nest destroyed. Last year the Eagles never laid any eggs before a storm destroyed the nest then.