On November 11, an animal control officer in King George County picked up a mature Bald Eagle. The officer reported that the eagle had been fighting, and took the bird to a local permitted rehabilitator. With no obvious injuries, the eagle was tested in a large flight pen – while the bird was able to fly, it was not able to gain any lift. On November 13, the eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center.
Upon admission, Dr. Rich and team examined the eagle – thought to be a male. Blood was drawn for analysis, and radiographs were taken to determine the cause of injury. Dr. Rich reports that the eagle’s right elbow is bruised, but no issue have been found with the bird’s joint. Because the flight problems are likely caused by pain and soft tissue swelling, the eagle was placed on a course of anti-inflammatories and pain medications. The eagle will be housed in the Center’s holding room for a few days of observation before it is placed in an outdoor enclosure.