Bald Eagle #18-2865 update

On December 3, Bald Eagle #18-2865 had a follow-up eye examination to check on the retinal tear that the veterinary team noted on admission. The eye appears stable, and, at this point, should not compromise the eagle’s eventual release. One additional eye examination is scheduled for later this month; the Center veterinarians typically like to observe raptor eye injuries for three months to ensure they aren’t deteriorating. 

During the recent ice storm, the eagle was moved indoors for several days; when it was safe to return the eagle to A3, the staff discontinued exercise until yesterday’s eye examination. With approval from the veterinary team, exercise will resume today, December 4. The staff notes that the eagle has been making short flights in the A3 flight enclosure, but will need much more stamina and flight capabilities before considering release.