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OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Phoenix, a 5-year-old golden eagle, leaps from perch to perch in his enclosure. He does it with a brace on his left foot.
On June 21, 2012, when Phoenix was a few months old, he was critically injured in the Saratoga Springs Utah Dump Fire. Too young to fly, Phoenix suffered third-degree burns.
Kent Keller, a licensed Utah eagle bander, found the badly burned golden eagle chick and took him to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.
The Standard-Examiner reports after several years of rehabilitation, the center is keeping Phoenix as an educational bird.
Keller says he is disappointed to see Phoenix unable to return to the wild, but hopes the children and adults who observe him up close will be touched by his story.
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