Bald Eagle #18-0130

Admission Date: 
March 6, 2018
Location of Rescue: 
Jamestown Island, Virginia
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Pelvic fracture
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On March 5, an adult Bald Eagle was found hobbling and stumbling on the ground at Jamestown Island. The bird was rescued and taken to a local veterinary clinic for initial treatment. The following day, the eagle was transferred to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, the eagle was quiet but alert. Dr. Ernesto, the Center’s hospital director, examined the bird and found it to be thin and dehydrated. He also noted a heart murmur, a right hip fracture, and a swollen left knee. Radiographs confirmed the pelvic fracture. Blood work revealed that the eagle was anemic, and had sub-clinical lead levels (0.046 ppm). It’s likely that the bird was hit by a vehicle or suffered from another traumatic collision;  the bird was then unable to find adequate food, which caused the anemia and heart murmur.

Dr. Ernesto carefully measured the eagle to determine gender, but results were inconclusive. If the eagle is female, the pelvic fracture may cause future problems when the eagle lays eggs. If the eagle is male, a well-healed pelvic fracture shouldn’t cause future problems. If the eagle survives the initial trauma, Dr. Ernesto will use an endoscope to determine the eagle's gender. 

Dr. Ernesto gave the eagle fluids, iron, and anti-inflammatories and placed the bird in a crate in the Center’s holding room. So far, the eagle is eating on its own, though is not standing well. The prognosis is guarded.

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March 12, 2018

Sadly, Bald Eagle #18-0130 was found dead in its enclosure on the morning of March 9. It’s likely that the internal trauma and thin body condition were too severe for the eagle to survive. The veterinary team performed a necropsy and found trauma to the bird’s heart and lungs.