Model, Colorado, July 11, 2008—This rare golden eagle was found walking along a fence at a cattle ranch near Model in southern Colorado. Not an albino, the abnormally pale bird has a condition called leucism, which inhibits pigmentation.
The thin male had badly damaged feathers and was unable to fly, so ranchers called the local game warden, who transferred the bird to the Raptor Center of Pueblo.
Center director Diana Miller said the eagle is being treated for parasites and rehabilitated. A full recovery is expected and release anticipated in three months.