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Help for struggling osprey chick at Lake Murray

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Earlier this week we told you about a struggling osprey chick in a nest high above Lake Murray. The bird has an injured wing that's kept it from flying, putting it in danger of falling to the ground.

You'll be happy to know the osprey chick has been rescued.

The injured osprey chick is now resting safely in the care of Project Wildlife after starting life with an uncertain future. In video from two days ago when the chick was still in its nest, his right wing appeared to be injured.

"We examined it, we palpated it. The fracture is probably an old fracture it its wrist that's healed and frozen with scar tissue around the joint, so is unable to extend that wing," Gabby Meadows of Project Wildlife said.

The osprey was rescued Wednesday morning. It reportedly fluttered to the ground after an unsuccessful first flight.

Tony Sanchez was on his morning walk, when he came upon the rescue in progress by crews from the City of San Diego Utilities Department, who have experience rescuing injured birds.

"He was all calm, I barely just saw a little piece of him because he was in a net," Sanchez said.

It was Monday when News 8 viewer Michael Madruga called to let us know he'd been monitoring the bird at Lake Murray, worried about the chick's abnormal wing.

"I do know that that chick is not going to fly," Madruga said.

Project Wildlife says unfortunately, the bird's wing can't be fixed.

"Since he's un-rehabable, we are looking for placement for him to see where he can go," Meadows said.

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