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A bald eagle is in guarded condition, after authorities determined that the bird was suffering from lead poisoning.

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The animal is thought to have contracted the condition from either scavenging on infected animals or from a fishing sinker.

A key sign that the bird was in trouble was when it allowed people get close to it on a wildlife trail in Pennsylvania over the weekend. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the 30-year-old bird was taken to a wildlife center where a full-body scan revealed it had lead poisoning.


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So far, the bird is on the mend. And this is not even the first health scare it’s had: Due to the bird having a tag, caretakers were able to determine it had been hit by a car in 2012.

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