On February 11, an adult male Bald Eagle was found down in Greene County. An animal control officer was able to capture the bird, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center for treatment.
Dr. Ernesto examined the eagle upon admission; the bird was bright, alert, and standing but was weak and thin. Dr. Ernesto noted a heart murmur on the bird's physical examination but didn't find any obvious injuries. Blood work revealed "high" lead levels, indicating a level of more than 1.0 ppm. Blood was sent to an outside laboratory for confirmation; results came back several days later with a result of 1.7 ppm.
Chelation therapy was started right away, and the first round of treatment was successful. When a repeat lead test was performed on February 16, results came back at 0.069 ppm. An additional lead test will be performed on February 27.
On February 19, the team moved the eagle to flight pen A1. The bird is feisty and eating well, and will soon be ready for exercise. The staff will monitor the bird's stamina closely, since lead toxicity can permanently damage internal organs, including the heart.