Physical therapy continues as Bald Eagle #20-3699 recovers from leg paresis. An important part of this physical therapy is ensuring that the unused muscles in this eagle’s legs continue to be stretched and flexed. This helps keep those muscles functional, even while they are not functioning correctly due to this bird’s injury.
Dr. Karra describes these therapy exercises as “bird squats,” during which the eagle has its feet placed on a perch, before being moved into and out of a squatting position. Dr. Cam noted that this bird is regaining strength in both legs, but that at the moment, its right leg seems stronger.
This bird has gained weight and is showing promising signs of continuing a successful recovery.