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PORTLAND -- A bald eagle rescued Wednesday after it had been struck by a car on Interstate 84 had to be euthanized due to its injuries Thursday, officials said.

A scan revealed a fractured vertebra and a blood clot pushing on the bird s spinal cord, which resulted in permanent paralysis.

The scan results made it clear that the most humane course the only course, really was to euthanize the eagle, Wildlife Care Center Veterinarian Deb Sheaffer said. The eagle simply couldn t have survived in the wild or in captivity, so it was time to end his suffering.

Some drivers flagged down a fire truck on I-84, near Northeast 102nd Avenue, to alert firefighters that the injured bird was lying on the shoulder, according to Lt. Rich Chatman of Portland Fire & Rescue.

Traffic was stopped for the rescue.

Chatman said animal control officers picked up the bird, a male bald eagle with an 8-foot wingspan, and initially took it to the Audubon Society of Portland.

Raw video: Bald eagle rescued on I-84

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Photo courtesy of Brad Martin, Portland Fire & Rescue Station No. 3

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