On January 10, Great Blue Heron #20-3543 was moved to A3, one of the Center’s largest flight enclosures. Veterinary staff has been able to monitor the heron’s flight in A3, as this is one of the enclosures that has a camera. They are pleased with the bird’s current abilities, and have noted that the bird is continuing to eat well. This enclosure is also furnished with new perching that allows for further healing of the heron’s foot abrasions.
Black Bear #20-1694 continues to heal in the Center's Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. Each day, the rehabilitation staff carefully check to ensure that the bear's rectal prolapse has not recurred and that the bear is able to defecate normally. At the end of last week, the bear finished a course of stool softeners; the team wants to ensure that everything remains normal for several days before they consider moving the bear back to the Bear Complex.
On January 13, Wildlife Center President Ed Clark released Bald Eagle #21-0013 in Virginia Beach. Reese Lukei with the Center for Conservation Biology attended the release and was able to band the eagle prior to release with both a federal and state research band. The eagle is now sporting a purple "SB" band on one leg. Those involved with the eagle's rescue and transport also attended the release.
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.
The veterinary team assessed Bald Eagle #21-0013 on Tuesday, January 21. The eagle is flying well and the puncture wound in the bird's leg has healed. An additional lead test revealed that the oral chelation therapy worked and eliminated the lead from the bird's body.
On Wednesday, January 13, President Ed Clark will release the eagle back in Virginia Beach. There have been multiple reports of an active female eagle in the disputed nesting territory where this eagle, along with Bald Eagle ND [#21-0014], was rescued.