On May 1, an adult Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The bird found on the side of the road in King George County, Virginia; the eagle was likely hit by a vehicle.
During the initial examination, Bald Eagle #14-0450 was bright, alert, feisty, and in good body condition. The veterinary team noted some dried blood and bruising as well as some superficial bleeding around the eagle’s left eye. Further examination revealed a small tear in the retina. No other ocular abnormalities were found. The bird’s breathing was also observed to be rapid [indicating possible respiratory trauma].
The Bald Eagle was then anesthetized and radiographs were taken. While there were no broken bones, the staff did find a large leg bone present in the bird’s stomach.
The finding suggests that Bald Eagle #14-0450 was likely scavenging on roadkill when it was injured.
The eagle’s blood was also drawn for analysis. Results revealed subclinical levels of lead toxicosis. Even though the bird is not showing any symptoms or neurological signs that are related to lead toxicity, the staff began the bird on a five-day chelation therapy to reduce the lead levels. After the exam, the bird was given anti-inflammatories and pain medication and placed in the Center’s holding room overnight.