Bald Eagle #21-0014 [ND]

Admission Date: 
January 8, 2021
Location of Rescue: 
Virginia Beach, VA
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Eagle fight; lead toxicity
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

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. One of the eagles was banded and is a well-known eagle in the community; ND hatched at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010, and is the younger brother to Buddy, the Wildlife Center of Virginia's Bald Eagle. Both birds were transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following morning. 

ND was admitted as patient #21-0014. The veterinary team found that ND had significant internal trauma, with numerous deep puncture wounds on his body, including around his head and neck. Blood work revealed that ND also has lead toxicity, at a level of 0.38 ppm. Dr. Karra notes that the bird is feisty, but was not the winner of the eagle fight and seems to have suffered the brunt of the injury. Prognosis is guarded due to the internal trauma combined with lead toxicity. 

The eagle's wounds were cleaned and treated, and the bird started a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, along with chelation therapy to remove the lead from his blood. 

The Wildlife Center has treated three of ND's offspring since 2016, including #16-1664, #18-1139, and #20-0918 [RU]

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January 11, 2021

Bald Eagle ND has been stable in the first few days following his admission and treatment. While it will likely take some time for the many serious puncture wounds and lacerations to heal, the veterinary team is encouraged that the eagle's wounds are clean and starting to heal, particularly around the bird's face and neck.  The eagle will finish his first course of chelation therapy on January 13; another lead test will be run the following day. 

Given the internal trauma that the eagle suffered, along with the significant lead level [that can cause long-term effects], ND's prognosis is still guarded. 

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