SALT LAKE CITY -- A bald eagle sick with West Nile virus at a Utah wildlife refuge is giving workers there hope he will beat the disease.
Great Basin Wildlife Rehabilitation Founder Patti Richards tells the Daily Herald the eagle's four year life span is "astronomical" compared to that of four other eagles that previously died there.
The still-fighting Eagle named Mike has faced significant odds since birth. He was born without nostrils and breathes through his tear ducts, among other birth defects.
The National Wildlife Health Center found more than 50 bald eagles died in Utah in recent months after scavenging on their usual winter meal of dead grebes that contracted the virus.
West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, usually infects birds during warmer months.