Bald Eagle #20-0172

Admission Date: 
March 11, 2020
Location of Rescue: 
Gloucester County
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Puncture Wounds, Abrasions
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On March 9, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the ground in Gloucester County. The bird was rescued and taken to the Yorktown Animal Emergency Center. Two days later, on March 11, this bird was transferred to the Wildlife Center.

Upon arrival, Dr. Karra anesthetized the eagle for a physical examination. The eagle had wounds on her feet, legs, and torso. Some of these wounds were  puncture wounds; Dr. Karra suspected that they were inflicted by another eagle or raptor. Other wounds were more consistent with road rash.  Blood was drawn for analysis, and Dr. Karra found that  this bird was also suffering from lead toxicosis.

All of the bird’s wounds were cleaned, treated, and bandaged. Additionally, the eagle was given an antibiotic, and began her lead toxicosis treatment. The eagle was placed in the Center’s Holding room, so that his condition could be closely monitored by veterinary staff.

On the March 18, the pectoral puncture wounds were debrided [cleaned of old, dead tissue] and the largest wound was sutured. Prior to the procedure, the bird was noted to be bright, alert, responsive, and feisty, all good signs when treating a raptor with these types of injuries. She is also still receiving medicine for her lead toxicosis, and will receive this medication twice a day until at least March 22.


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March 25, 2020

Bald Eagle #20-0172 is recovering well under the diligent care of the hospital staff. Dr. Karra has noted that the eagle's wounds are healing well, with scabbing on the pectoral puncture wounds. The lead levels in the eagle's blood have dropped from .008 to .0059 parts per million. Dr. Karra also pointed out that the bird remains "BARF" (Bright, Alert, Responsive, and Feisty) which is the ideal behavior and condition for an eagle. 

On March 25, #20-0172 was moved outside. This means that the bird's recovery is going well and that the healing process can continue outdoors in our more spacious C-pens.