Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bald Eagle Receiving Care

The VINS Wildlife Services department is currently treating a juvenile bald eagle, who was found grounded in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom Sept. 5.

See local news coverage of our eagle patient:
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The bird was transported to VINS, and upon examination we found the eagle to have a fracture in his right wing. We also noted a splattering of blood on the underside of each of his wings, which led us to suspect he may have been shot. We took the eagle to Kedron Valley Veterinary Clinic (Woodstock, VT) for x-ray, and found indeed the eagle had been shot with a shotgun. In the x-ray, the shot shows up as small white circles -- there's no mistaking it. One piece of shot in particular is clearly the culprit of the fracture.

We immediately wrapped the eagle's wing to allow his fracture to heal properly. The wrap was removed after 2 weeks' time, and we found the wing to have healed nicely. The fracture -- though healed -- is still a bit fragile, so for now the eagle, which we believe to be male based on his size, is indoors in a smaller enclosure. Eventually he will be moved into our outdoor flight cage, where we can monitor his flight and see if his injuries have altered his flight ability. The eagle is eating heaping portions of fish and other meat daily. He is feisty, alert and bright-eyed -- all promising signs for a return to the wild.

Please check back here for updates, video footage of the eagle and to learn more about his daily care here at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.

3 comments:

  1. It's unbelievable someone would shoot an eagle. We have an immature bald eagle at the wildlife care center I volunteer at, and they are quite a beautiful sight.

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  2. If he only knew we were watching him!

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  3. a person who shot the eagle is the Evil One...

    God bless you, bald eagle. I pray for your quick recovery and thousands of high flights

    jolanta

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