Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Wildlife Center of Virginia.
Dr. Rich noted that the wing seemed painful to the eagle as he examined it, and it also had a decreased range of motion. Blood was drawn for an emergency panel and a lead test; results of the lead test indicated that the eagle was “subclinical” for lead – meaning a small amount of lead was in the eagle’s system, though at this level, treatment was not needed. The eagle was started on a course of anti-inflammatories and fluids.
While the eagle was standing when it was admitted on October 1, it was laying down in its enclosure the following morning prior to radiographs. Dr. Rich wanted to observe the eagle’s use of its left foot to determine if the injury was treatable. On the afternoon of October 2, the Bald Eagle was observed standing in its enclosure, and the bird was able to perch with its left foot – though function is definitely reduced. Dr. Rich will consult with Dr. Dave, the Center’s veterinary director, on Thursday to determine the best course of action. A surgical repair may be possible, though permanent nerve damage could compromise the eagle’s releasability.