Bald Eagle #20-0918 [RU]

Admission Date: 
May 10, 2020
Location of Rescue: 
Portsmouth, VA
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Hit by vehicle
Prognosis: 
Guarded
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On May 10, an adult female Bald Eagle was admitted to the Center after she was likely hit by a vehicle in Portsmouth, Virginia. The eagle was first taken to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation for stabilization; wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher noted that the eagle was banded with both a silver federal band and a purple state band used by the Center for Conservation Biology. Band reports from the "RU" band indicated that the bird hatched in 2016 in a nest in Virginia Beach. This eagle is the offspring of "ND", who was the 2010 offspring from the famous Norfolk Botanical Garden nest;  the Center has treated two other offspring of ND's in the past [#16-1664 and #18-1139]. 

At admission, the eagle was bright, alert, responsive, and standing. Dr. Ernesto, the Center's hospital director, found that the eagle had actively bleeding lacerations in both ears, an injury to the right eye, blood in her mouth, and an old wound on the leading edge of her left wing. The eagle was also having difficulty breathing. Radiographs confirmed signs of severe internal trauma. 

The veterinary team treated the eagle with fluids and placed her in a quiet, dark location. The eagle's prognosis is guarded due to the severity of the internal trauma, as well as the injury to the bird's right eye.

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Updates

June 2, 2020

On May 29, Bald Eagle #20-0918 [RU] was moved to flight pen A1. In this larger space, she'll be able to start a daily exercise program, to get her back in shape and ready for release. 

 

May 26, 2020

Bald Eagle #20-0918 [RU] has been doing well in a small outdoor enclosure [C-pen] during the past week. The bird is readily eating on her own and has gained weight. In the next few days, the veterinary team anticipates that flight pen A1 will become available; the eagle will then be moved to this 100-foot space for assessment and flight conditioning. 

May 19, 2020

Bald Eagle #20-0918 [RU] has been doing well at the Center during the past few days. The bird finished his course of medicated eyedrops on May 17, and an additional check of the injured left eye revealed that the vitreal hemorrhage -- the bleeding in the space between the lens and the retina of the eye -- had healed. The eagle hasn't been eating consistently, though many eagles don't eat as well on their own when they are confined to a crate in the Center's holding room. The bird is bright and alert, and was moved to a small outdoor enclosure on May 19. 

May 13, 2020

In the day following her admission, Bald Eagle #20-0918 [RU] was quiet but alert in her crate; Dr. Karra noted a small amount of blood around the bird's glottis [part of the bird's airway], indicating that the bird was still bleeding internally. The veterinary team continued offering the bird anti-inflammatories, medicated eyedrops, and fluids, while keeping the bird in a quiet location. On May 12, the eagle was a little brighter, and her respiratory rate was within normal limits. 

The eagle has not eaten since being hospitalized, which is not surprising given the amount of internal trauma the bird suffered from the vehicle collision. If the eagle doesn't eat what was offered overnight, the veterinary team will hand-feed the bird on May 13.