On May 20, two Bald Eaglets were admitted to the Wildlife Center from Stafford County, Virginia. The two male fledglings were found on the ground; the finders called animal control, who picked up the eaglets and brought them to the Wildlife Center. It's unknown if the parents were still in the area.
Dr. Karra examined the young birds when they arrived and found that they were both bright, alert, responsive, and feisty. No injuries were found on examination or radiographs, though a blood lead test did reveal that eaglet #20-1128 had subclinical levels of lead in his system [0.034 ppm]. Since no level of lead is safe, the bird began a course of oral chelation therapy.
The following day, the two eagles were moved to a small outdoor enclosure while Bald Eaglet #20-1128 continued treatment. On May 24, the young birds were moved to the enclosed tower area of flight pen A3, so they could watch adult Bald Eagle #20-0172 and start their introduction with the other two young Bald Eaglets housed in that area. Eaglet #20-1128 [sporting lime green wing bumpers] will finish his course of oral chelation therapy on May 25 and will be tested again later in the week. Watch for them on one of the Center's Critter Cams!