On August 28, two people at the King George County landfill found a Bald Eagle stuck in the mud, laying face down. They removed the bird from the mud and waited to see if the eagle would recover and fly away; after several hours, the bird was still down on the ground and was taken to permitted rehabilitator Diana O’Connor. The eagle was stabilized overnight and was transported to the Wildlife Center the following day.
Dr. Dana, the Center’s veterinary intern, examined the eagle, likely a male, when he arrived. The bird was quiet and alert, and was standing in his crate. Dr. Dana performed a physical exam and found the bird to be in good body condition, with no broken bones. The only abnormality noted as a superficial corneal ulcer on the bird’s right eye. Radiographs had no significant findings, and blood was drawn for an emergency panel and lead test. Results from the lead test came back positive, at a level of 0.45 ppm.
The Bald Eagle was started on a five-day course of CaEDTA – a chelation therapy that essentially “scrubs” the lead from the bird’s blood. Dr. Dana gave the bird fluids and an anti-inflammatory; she also treated the corneal ulcer. The eagle was placed in the Center’s holding room. Another lead test will be performed on September 3.
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