WCV veterinary staff met this morning to create a plan for these eaglets. Once the trio arrive, they will receive a full physical exam. Blood work will also be performed so that we have some baseline information on them. The eaglets will spend at least the first night indoors. Dr. Dave McRuer and a few dedicated volunteers are currently working on modifying an outdoor flight pen — the eaglets will be housed in a fenced-off area of a pen. A large nest is being constructed — we will work to provide them with the most natural setting possible. From their area of the flight pen, they will be able to view another patient Bald Eagle, so that at least they have an adult role model to watch.
The three eaglets arrived safely at the WCV. Drs. Dave McRuer and Miranda Sadar performed physical examinations on the chicks and also drew blood for analysis. The three eaglets have been set up in an indoor holding area for at least the next day while work on their modified enclosure continues.
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The eaglet enclosure is coming along quite nicely; Dr. Dave McRuer and volunteers Bill Sykes and Jeff Nicholson put in a ton of work today to get the job very nearly done. They have enclosed the end of one of the Center's largest flight pens. This will allow the eaglets to be outside, with plenty of room. As they grow older and start to "branch", they'll be able to do so quite comfortably from their constructed nest. Additionally, a Bald Eagle patient will be housed in the other part of the flight pen so that the young eaglets can observe an adult Bald Eagle.
After the eaglets were admitted and each received a physical exam, they were placed in one of the Center's indoor holding enclosures for the night. While the travel and physical exams were slightly stressful for the young chicks, all three are settled in together now and are resting comfortably. A large, fresh fish was offered not long ago. Rehabilitation staff will monitor the eaglets to see if they will begin to eat pieces on their own -- if not, they will be hand-fed.