On September 26, a mature male Bald Eagle was found in a backyard in Poquoson, Virginia. Permitted wildlife rehabilitator Tommy White was able to capture the bird and provided initial treatment before he transported the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.
The eagle was bright and alert upon admission. Dr. Alexa, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, examined the eagle and found that the bird had injuries to both eyes -- the vitreous of each eye was inflamed. Dr. Alexa also found multiple abrasions on the bird’s right leg, feet, keel, and underside of both wings. It’s likely that this eagle was hit by a vehicle.
Dr. Alexa cleaned the eagle’s wounds and gave the bird fluids and anti-inflammatories. The bird will continue to receive supportive care during the next week, and the veterinary team will re-examine the eagle’s eyes. The eagle’s prognosis will depend on the extent of the eye injuries; while none of the eagle’s injuries are life-threatening, the Bald Eagle will need to have vision in both eyes to be able to be released.