The eagle flies again

By on June 26, 2020

(Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation)

In an effort to post at least one good news story on the Voice each day, here’s a video produced by the amazing Lou Browning at Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation as he describes the effort to restore this battered adult Bald Eagle to health.  Here is Browning’s Facebook post.

“This adult Bald Eagle came in about a month ago. It was found very near an Osprey nest and had obviously been in a fight. It may have been territorial or just trying to steal a fish. Who knows…?

First an examination was preformed, checking for hydration level, lead poisoning and fractures. The green excrement in the transport box could have been lead poisoning or just emaciation. This time it was emaciation and that was the lesser problem to deal with.

The wounds were exposed, debrided of necrotic tissue and treated. He was also hydrated. Gradually food was introduced so as not to shock his system. The wound care went on for about 10 days, along with physical therapy to keep the range of motion full in the injured wing. He was given antibiotics, pain medicine and also an antifungal as a prophylactic for aspergillosis. ($$$)

When the wounds were healed enough so infection wasn’t a problem, he let me know it was time to get out into a larger flight. (Attitude)

He spent another 2 weeks conditioning and regaining strength. When the time and conditions were right, the door was opened for a soft release. It took a while for him to find the door. A soft release was chosen because it is very stressful to capture a ten-pound bird flying around at 25 mph inside. I mean stressful for the bird and anyone in the flight! Recapturing a high-strung eagle that is healthy is probably the most dangerous thing we can do, so it avoided when possible.”

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