On May 7, a private citizen in Essex County found a juvenile Bald Eagle walking around in his yard. The young bird was taken to the Wildbunch Wildlife Refuge for an examination. The young bird was thin and dehydrated, and the following day, the eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center.
Dr. Peach examined the eagle upon admission and did not find any injuries, though concurred that the eaglet was thin and dehydrated. Blood work revealed that the eaglet was mildly anemic. Dr. Peach gave the bird fluids and set the bird up in the Center's holding area. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie has been offering a diet of chopped rat pieces to the young bird three times a day; the bird has been eating fairly well.
On May 10, the eaglet was moved to the tower area of flight pen A3. This space overlooks the larger flight area of the enclosure. Non-releasable Bald Eagles 15-0355 and 16-0038 were moved to the main flight area, so that the young eagle can see and hear them as it continues to grow.