‘Ms. Stockholm’: Bald eagle hit by train survives 80-mile journey from Stockholm to La Crosse

Coulee Region Humane Society shelters eagle after its encounter with train

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) – One young bald eagle took a less than desired trip to La Crosse. The Coulee Region Human Society and Van Loon Animal Hospital are sheltering the bird after it survived the dangerous journey.

Stories worth telling involve a great character and a central conflict.

“The star today is a juvenile bald eagle,” said Kathy Kasakaitas, animal control supervisor and wildlife rehabilitator at the Coulee Region Human Society.

Kasakaitas cares for nature’s characters. Each going through their own crisis.

“I’ve got a great horned owl and a rough-legged hawk, and other animals at the shelter,” Kasakaitas said.

This bald eagle looks undercover.

“It takes time for their head and their tales to turn white,” Kasakaitas said.

In four or five years she’ll transform into something familiar.

“Yeah, she’s beautiful,” Kasakaitas said.

This feathered stole way took an ill-eagle ride on the rails.

“They trains can’t stop,” Kasakaitas said. “They knew they hit it. They didn’t know what condition she was in.”

Imagine getting hit by a 200-ton object at 70 miles per hour and then traveling 80 miles.

“She had quite the ride,” Kasakaitas said.

A train traveling from Stockholm Wisconsin took this inexperienced flyer all the way to the railyard in La Crosse.

“She was actually stuck in the front rail of the engine,” Kasakaitas said.

To Kasakaitas’s surprise, this eagle barely ruffled any feathers.

“It’s amazing that when we got her out, I could not feel any fractures,” Kasakaitas said.

X-rays also returned negative. She’ll soon travel to the Raptor Education Group in Antigo for further care.

“I will say one of my officers named her ‘Chugga, Chugga,’” Kasakaitas said with a laugh.

She still doesn’t have a name for emotional reasons.

“You get attached and if things don’t work out, it’s more heartbreaking if you can’t release them,” Kasakaitas said.

However, sometimes, an unlikely story needs a name.

“Right now, she’s Ms. Stockholm,” Kasakaitas said.

Especially when the last chapter ends on the right track.

The Raptor Education Group specializes in eagle rehabilitation. Once they know the eagle is fully healthy, they’ll release her back into the wild.

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