On March 21, an immature female Bald Eagle was found down in Virginia Beach. The bird was captured and taken to the Virginia Beach SPCA for treatment; a veterinarian at the SPCA found an open fracture of the bird's right wing. The wing was wrapped, the bird was given fluids and pain medications, and a transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center that same day.
Dr. Peach, one of the veterinarians at the Center, examined the Bald Eagle upon admission. The bird was bright, alert, and very feisty. A physical examination and radiographs confirmed the open fracture of the eagle's right radius and ulna. Radiographs also indicated possible decreased joint space in the bird's right carpus [wrist]. Dr. Peach also found a retinal tear in the bird's left eye; the bird tested positive for lead at a level of 0.16 ppm, though at this level, treatment is not needed.
Dr. Peach cleaned the eagle's fracture site, and carefully re-bandaged and wrapped the wing. The bird will require surgery, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 23. The bird's prognosis is poor, since the wing fractures are located in the same area; this makes surgery and recovery more complicated.