Bald Eagle #20-3608

Admission Date: 
November 21, 2020
Location of Rescue: 
Accomack County
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Humeral Fracture
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On November 20, an officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discovered an injured Bald Eagle in the woods in Accomack County. The eagle was captured by a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator, and taken to an animal hospital for radiographs, which revealed a closed left humeral fracture. 

Upon admission, the bird was quiet but alert and responsive.  Dr. Sarah, one of the Center's veterinary interns, decided not to sedate the eagle for a more extensive exam due to its slightly poor mentation until the following day.  Dr. Sarah bandaged the bird's wing to stabilize the fracture and started a course of pain medication.

On November 23, Dr. Karra and Dr. Cam sedated the bird to surgically repair its wing.  Dr. Karra reported that the humeral fracture was a tricky fix, but they're happy with their repair and are hopeful for this bird's recovery.

 

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Updates

December 31, 2020

Over the past few weeks, Bald Eagle #20-3608 has been brighter and more alert and eating well. 

The Veterinary staff had been doing physical therapy with this bird in the weeks following her surgery, and her wing has gained greater range of motion as a result.  Unfortunately, vet staff noticed that this bird developed a small wound near the pin site on her wing.  Vet staff is cleaning the wound daily, and has begun to wrap the bird’s wing to ensure this wound heals in a clean environment.

On December 29, veterinary staff took radiographs of the wing to examine the pin site.  Although the pin in the bone looks appropriately positioned to continue supporting the healing humerus, Dr. Cam noticed that there is a bit of bone degeneration around the pin that may cause issues in the future.

December 11, 2020

In the two weeks following Bald Eagle #20-3608's surgery, the eagle has been quietly healing in the Center's holding room. The eagle continues to eat well and gain weight, although veterinary staff have noted that this bird dislikes fish heads.  Dr. Cam, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, reports that the pin sites on the bird’s wing look good, and he is pleased with the animal’s progress.

Dr. Cam hopes to remove the pins on December 14 and begin physical therapy and laser therapy the following day.

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