On June 1, the Center admitted a juvenile Bald Eagle from Virginia Beach. A homeowner found the eagle in their yard and noticed that it was on the ground all day. Concerned that the eagle was injured, the homeowner contacted permitted wildlife rehabilitator Lisa Barlow, who sent another rehabilitator to rescue the eagle. The eagle was later transported to the Wildlife Center.
On admission, the eagle was alert and feisty. Dr. Olivia, one of the Center's veterinary interns, examined the bird and found that it was dehydrated, had a heavy burden of feather lice, and was in poor body condition, but did not have any injuries. Blood work revealed that the eagle was mildly anemic. The exact cause of the eagle's condition is unknown, though it's possible that the bird was orphaned. The veterinary team immediately administered fluids to correct its dehydration and started the eagle on a course of anti-fungal medication to prevent aspergillosis, a common type of fungal infection in Bald Eagles. They also administered a shot of iron dextran to treat its anemia. The eagle was then placed in the Center's indoor holding area where it could rest in between treatments.
So far, the eagle has been eating well and its condition appears to be improving, though its prognosis is still guarded. The veterinary team will continue to provide supportive care for this eagle and may move the bird into an outside enclosure soon once its course of medication is complete.