On June 27, a hatch-year Bald Eagle was found on the ground with water-logged feathers in Westmoreland County. The eagle was easily captured and transported to Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation by wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor. Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation staff noted that the bird was very thin, but found no other injuries. The eagle was transferred to the Wildlife Center the next day.
During the initial exam, Bald Eagle #15-1348 was dull and lying sternal [chest down]. Dr. Meghan examined the bird and found that the eagle infested with flat flies and lice and also had significant damage to multiple feathers shafts on her tail and each wing. Radiographs and blood work were unremarkable.
The veterinary staff administered fluids and started the eagle on a broad spectrum anti-parasitic medication. The bird was placed in the Center’s holding room and offered a meal of chopped rat.
The next morning, Bald Eagle #15-1348 was bright, alert, and standing, but had not eaten any of her meal. The eagle will be offered a variety of foods to see if she will begin to eat on her own. The veterinary team will monitor the bird for any changes in attitude or condition.