The veterinary team is still closely managing Bald Eagle #21-0677's carpal wounds. On July 10, the veterinary staff debrided the wounds again, carefully rebandaged them, and decided to move the eagle back to the A3 tower. This location allows the staff to still closely monitor and treat the bird, but allows the eagle to be farther away from people, and to see and interact with the other eagles in the A3 enclosure.
On July 4, wildlife rehabilitator Katie noted that the nails on the front paws of Black Bear #21-1097 [Red Tag] appeared to be abnormally angled. Dr. Jenn was able to more carefully examined the cub under anesthesia and noted many of the cub's nails had broken or split and started to regrow, giving them a more crooked appearance. It's likely that the bear's climbing and roughhousing contributed to the condition of the nails.
Toward the end of June, the veterinary team noted that the old patagial injury for Bald Eagle#21-0214 was scabbed and partially open; this was right around the same time when Bald Eagle #21-0677 needed to stop exercising in the A3 flight enclosure. At the end of June and beginning of July, the staff carefully checked the bird's wound during a weekly foot and feather check; the staff have also been dependent on monitoring the bird through the Critter Cam hung in the A3 flight enclosure.
Throughout the end of June, Bald Eagle #21-0677 remained in the A3 flight enclosure. The veterinary team regularly checked the eagle's carpal wounds and, on July 2, found that the wounds had worsened, despite the eagle's lack of exercise. The team decided to move the eagle back to "metals", a small outdoor building with a variety of crates. This area allowed the eagle to remain outside and away from humans, though contained the bird in a smaller space so the veterinary staff could examine and treat the eagle's wounds every day.
During the past week, Bald Bald Eagle #21-1030 has been closely monitored during daily treatments. The veterinary staff clean and flush the eagle's wounds with iodine, apply new bandages, and administer pain and anti-inflammatory medications. On June 29, it was noted that necrotic tissue was present near a wound on the bird's right wrist -- an injury that was present upon admission to the Center on May 7 -- and Dr. Karra performed a surgical debridement of the area on June 30. After surgery, a wing wrap was applied to temporarily immobilize the area during recovery.