Bald Eaglets #20-1128 and #20-1129

Admission Date: 
May 20, 2020
Location of Rescue: 
Stafford County, VA
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Fell from nest
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On May 20, two Bald Eaglets were admitted to the Wildlife Center from Stafford County, Virginia. The two male fledglings were found on the ground; the finders called animal control, who picked up the eaglets and brought them to the Wildlife Center. It's unknown if the parents were still in the area. 

Dr. Karra examined the young birds when they arrived and found that they were both bright, alert, responsive, and feisty. No injuries were found on examination or radiographs, though a blood lead test did reveal that eaglet #20-1128 had subclinical levels of lead in his system [0.034 ppm]. Since no level of lead is safe, the bird began a course of oral chelation therapy. 

The following day, the two eagles were moved to a small outdoor enclosure while Bald Eaglet #20-1128 continued treatment. On May 24, the young birds were moved to the enclosed tower area of flight pen A3, so they could watch adult Bald Eagle #20-0172 and start their introduction with the other two young Bald Eaglets housed in that area. Eaglet #20-1128 [sporting lime green wing bumpers] will finish his course of oral chelation therapy on May 25 and will be tested again later in the week. Watch for them on one of the Center's Critter Cams! 

Your donation will help provide care to these young eaglets ... and more than 3,000 other wild animals in need that will be admitted in 2020. Thank you! 


June 25, 2020

The eaglets in the A3 flight pen have been doing well during the past months; the birds have become more and more active as they've grown. This weekend, the four eaglets will be moved to flight pen A2 so that some repair work can be done on the eagle loft area next week; once the repairs are done, two eagles will be moved back to A3, and two will remain in A2. This will allow the growing birds to utilize more space during regular daily exercise in preparation for their late summer release. 

June 2, 2020

All four Bald Eaglets are doing well in the large A3 flight pen. The newest eagles, #20-1128 [lime green bumpers] and #20-1129 [no color of bumpers] fledged from the tower over the weekend, and are exploring their larger area. The other eaglets, #20-0744 [purple bumpers] and #20-0833 [pink bumpers] are making short flights and hanging out on higher perches with adult Bald Eagle #20-0172. The eaglets will start a daily exercise program once they are older and all of their flight feathers have grown in; typically, young eagles are released toward the end of summer. 

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