Bald Eagle #18-3087

Admission Date: 
November 26, 2018
Location of Rescue: 
Newport News, VA
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Left-wing fracture
Prognosis: 
Guarded
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On the morning of November 26, staff at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News reported seeing a Bald Eagle on the ground, unable to fly.  Local permitted rehabilitators responded, and with the assistance of staff, located the bird in a wooded area of the memorial park.  The eagle was quickly caught.  A field exam revealed a broken left humerus with along with swelling in the left shoulder and mild dehydration.  The bird’s wing was wrapped and a small amount of oral fluids were provided prior to the eagle being transported the Wildlife Center for further care.

On admission, the eagle was quiet but alert, and was very feisty when handled. Dr. Karra found an open left humeral fracture, with a moderate degree of swelling and subcutaneous emphysema. The bird was in fair body condition and didn’t appear to have any other trauma.

Radiographs confirmed a left humerus fracture along with swelling of the left shoulder but Dr. Karra suspected that injury was due to the fracture, and not a luxation of the shoulder. The wound associated with the fracture was cleaned and bandaged, and a body wrap was placed to stabilize the left wing. An emergency panel was found to be within normal limits, and the patient was noted to have subclinical levels of lead. The patient was treated with pain meds and set up in a crate in hold.

On November 29, Drs. Ernesto and Karra took the eagle to surgery to pin the bird’s fractured wing. The surgery went well and recovery was uneventful.

During the past week, the vet team has been checking the pin sites and bandage daily, and have also started the eagle on laser therapy treatments to promote healing. The eagle has been eating, though is fairly quiet. Post-op radiographs will be taken on December 6; if the vets are happy with the healing progress, they’ll start a regimen of physical therapy.

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