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Esther lands on the forest floor in a heap. She stands and tries to raise her wings again, but she lets out a shrill whistle. In her left wing there is a new sensation: pain.
She looks around and notices people in the distance. They are watching her. She whistles in fear.
A car arrives and a woman gets out. She is trained and knows what to do. She sneaks slowly toward Esther.
In a sudden, surprising motion, the woman scoops up Esther and puts her in a small, dark place. Now Esther can only hear the growl of the car engine and the beat of her heart.
When Esther is taken out of the dark box, she is in a different place, called a Raptor Center. It is like a hospital for eagles and other raptors. The room is full of strange equipment.
Esther is achy, angry and afraid. People move carefully and quietly around her. One of them gently places her on a tall table. With her sharp eyes, Esther watches the people closely.