Bald Eagle #19-0031 update

During the last week of June, Dr. Ernesto creanced Bald Eagle #19-0031 – the bird was flown in an open area, attached to a long line of rope, allowing the veterinary staff to assess the bird’s flight in a less restricted space. Dr. Ernesto was not impressed with the bird’s flight capabilities in this setting, which more closely resembles how the bird would be expected to fly in the wild. After considering the options for the eagle, the team determined that release was not an option and life in captivity would not be appropriate for this bird; humane euthanasia was performed on the morning of July 3.