On May 4, the Center admitted a young Bald Eagle from Middlesex County. The bird was seen in a field for two days, without any evidence of parents coming to feed it; the bird was taken to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation and was transferred to the Wildlife Center two days later.
Dr. Karra examined the young bird at admission and found that the eaglet was quiet but reactive when handled. The eaglet was dehydrated and thin. Radiographs were within normal limits, though a blood test revealed that the young bird had a blood lead level of 0.035 ppm. While this lead level is considered "subclinical", no level of lead is safe to have in the body; the veterinary team will begin a course of oral chelation therapy.
Once the eaglet finishes treatment and a follow-up lead test confirms that the bird is lead-free, it will be introduced to the other Bald Eaglets and adult Bald Eagle in an outdoor flight pen.