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Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in 2002 and is located on 4,000 acres of land near Irvington, Kentucky.
Our dedicated staff works to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife through out the state,
with the goal of releasing healthy animals back into the wilds of Kentucky.

Our mission is to provide a safe, healing haven for the orphaned, the injured, the abused, the infirm and the outcast,
where all hurting creatures, including the human creature, help one another in their mutual distress;
and through this interaction, each gaining comfort and support from the other,
become the free, independent, and beautiful spirits which they were meant to be.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary successfully released a Bald Eagle rescued near Bowling Green, Kentucky. Broadbent founder, Mary Ann Tobin named the bird "Camelot" and dedicated the release to Betty White, comedian and beloved animal advocate, in honor of her 90th birthday.

It all started on the evening of January 7th, when Summer and Chris Fears spotted what they thought was a Bald Eagle on the ground in Lisa Fox's yard in Bowling Green. They covered the eagle, who had a wing span of almost six feet, with a jacket, and called the Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources, who dispatched Conservation Officer Bryan Hill to the location. Officer Hill arrived and confirmed that it was indeed an adult Bald Eagle, and put the bird into a large Rubbermaid container with air holes for safe transport, made by Chris Fears. Hill then contacted state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitators from Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary for assistance.

Broadbent founder Mary Ann Tobin and Animal Care Supervisor Deanna Wood immediately headed to Elizabethtown to meet Officer Hill and transport the bird back to the sanctuary for diagnosis and life-saving treatment. Upon examination by Dr. Mike O'Bryan, Broadbent Staff Veterinarian, the bird was determined to be completely paralyzed. Dr. O'Bryan suspected food borne toxicity (most likely from a prey animal ingesting poison) and possible lead poisoning.

Dr. O'Bryan provided medical treatment and Mary Ann Tobin provided supportive care throughout the night. The bird, estimated to be about five years old, responded quickly, surprising everyone by standing up the very next day. Several days later, the eagle was moved to a large flight cage on the property. "She was very alert and looking for a way to escape, probably to look for her mate, which was a good sign," said Dr. O'Bryan.

"We've waited many years to experience a Bald Eagle release," said Tobin, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and former Kentucky state legislator. "She's just magnificent, and we're so thrilled that she fully recovered and was able to be released. This is what it's all about - citizens stepping up to help - contacting the appropriate individuals - and everyone working together to heal this amazing bird and get her back home," she said. "We're hoping she has a mate and will live a long life and reproduce to bring many more Bald Eagles to the Kentucky skies!"

Dr. O'Bryan determined that the bird was ready to be released, and on Sunday, January 15th, Broadbent staff built a platform near where the bird was found, from which to release her the next day. Conservation Officer Bryan Hill and other Kentucky Dept. Fish and Wildlife officers were on hand to see the release, as well as Broadbent staff and the citizens responsible for her rescue.

Dr. O'Bryan climbed a ladder with the eagle in a large pet carrier and placed it on the platform, while the bird anxiously awaited her release. Ms. Tobin climbed up and opened the door. The eagle flew out, then down, then straight up into the sky, spreading her massive wings, seeming to enjoy freedom again. Everyone in attendance gasped in awe as the bird soared through the clouds.

"It was the most beautiful and thrilling experience I've ever had," said an emotional Tobin, who named the bird "Camelot" and dedicated the release to beloved actress/comedian Betty White, to honor Ms. White for her lifelong dedication to helping animals.

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