On July 2, a juvenile Bald Eagle was found after it reportedly flew into a window and crash landed in Portsmouth, Virginia. Animal Control was able to contain the eagle, and took it to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation for initial treatment. The following day, the eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center.
Dr. Karra, the Center's research fellow, examined the eagle when it arrived. The bird was quiet, alert, and standing and appears to be a first-year bird based on its feather development. The physical examination and radiographs were within normal limits, but the bird has a very poor body condition and had many ectoparasites. Dr. Karra administered fluids to rehydrate the bird. The eagle was placed in the Center's holding room where it will be fed and monitored until it hopefully recovers enough to join our other young eagle patients outside.
Dr. Karra's suspects that this patient is a young eagle that failed to acquire enough food to thrive on its own. The prognosis for this patient is guarded as the bird is in very poor body condition; there is also a chance that it sustained internal trauma when hitting a window.