Turkey Vulture #19-2282 update

By August 1, Turkey Vulture #19-2282 had gained nearly 500 grams, and weighed in at 1.47 kg. On August 2, the veterinary team anesthetized the young bird for follow-up radiographs and blood work. No more metal objects were seen in the bird’s GI tract, indicating that the vulture had fully passed all of the suspected pieces of lead. A repeat lead test showed a level of 0.084 ppm – a low level no longer requiring treatment.

The wildlife rehabilitation team was able to locate a Virginia permitted wildlife rehabilitator who rehabilitates raptors; they found that she had three other young Turkey Vultures about the same age. On August 3, the bird was transferred to the rehabilitator for further care.