On January 7, two adult Bald Eagles were found down in a field in Virginia Beach. The birds had their talons locked together, and did not fly away when approached; the birds were able to be captured and taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. Both birds were transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following morning.
The veterinary team examined both eagles; it was apparent based on both of their injuries that Bald Eagle #21-0013 was the "victor" in this eagle fight. The bird only had a minor puncture wound. Blood work revealed a low lead level of 0.05 ppm. While this is not what the veterinary team would consider a "detrimental" level of lead, no lead in a bird's body is safe, so the eagle will be treated while he recovers from his puncture wound.