Galveston’s Animal Control Division on Thursday rescued a bird of prey, which was found in the middle of a city street with a broken leg. But despite a quick rescue, the bird did not survive.

Just after 8 a.m. Thursday, animal control was called to Cove View Boulevard to a report of an injured “eagle” in the esplanade, animal control officer Josh Henderson said.

When officers arrived, they found not an eagle, but an osprey. The bird was suffering from an obvious broken leg, Henderson said.

Henderson used a fishing net to safely approach the bird.

“Experience goes a long way with birds with ‘dagger fingers,’” he said, about the best way to deal with birds with sharp talons.

The bird may have been hit by a car, but the exact cause of the injury was unknown, Henderson said.

Ospreys are birds of prey that eat fish. There are between two and four ospreys that nest on Galveston’ West End, Henderson said.

The bird was brought to the Wildlife Center of Texas in Houston to be treated. Henderson was initially hopeful that the bird could be rescued, but after being examined in Houston, the bird was found to be suffering from head trauma and was severely underweight.

Veterinarians gave the bird pain medication in an attempt to stabilize it, Henderson said. They were unable to save it.

“Unfortunately, regardless of our best efforts, we can’t save them all,” Henderson said.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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