Reward for information on shot Osprey

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Teachers, students and coaches at Orange Park High School want to know who shot at an osprey during the school's track meet.

"I was shocked," said Jennifer DePalma, who teaches zoology at the school. "As soon as I got the call I rushed up here and there she was all shot up and with a broken wing."

The nest the ospreys use has been at the school for 20 years. DePalma says the birds have become part of the school.

"This nest has been here for 20 years, everybody knows about them and loves them - I can't understand why somebody would just shoot a bird," she said.

Coach Richard Eason has offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of who ever is responsible. If you have any information, call Orange Park High School.

Cindy Mosling with BEAKS, the organization caring for the animal, says when the bird first showed up, she was in shock and had two broken bones. The care ranges from feeding to physical therapy.

The Osprey has made amazing progress says Mosling. She is optimistic the bird will survive and possibly fly again.


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