On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.
Dr. Helen examined the Bald Eagle upon admission. The bird was bright and alert but very thin; Dr. Helen noted that the eagle had an irregular heartbeat, though no cardiac murmur was heard. The eagle, likely a female, had cuts and bruising around her mouth and bottom beak; the laceration on the right side of her face had bone exposed. Dr. Helen also found multiple, deep lacerations on both feet. Radiographs were taken, which confirmed multiple fractures in the eagle’s left radius, very close to the elbow joint.
Blood work was within normal limits. Dr. Helen also found a large brood patch on the Bald Eagle, indicating that she likely has an active nest.
All of the eagles lacerations were carefully cleaned, and both of the bird’s feet were bandaged. Since the wing fracture is well-aligned and close to the joint, Dr. Helen decided to treat the fracture conservatively, with a wing bandage and body wrap. The eagle was started on pain medication, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories.
Toward the end of the examination and treatment, the eagle stopped breathing under general anesthesia. Dr. Helen intubated the eagle and provided manual ventilation. After treatments, the eagle recovered from anesthesia and was placed in the Center’s holding room for the night. The veterinary team will treat the eagle’s wounds daily and will continue to cage-rest the eagle while the wing fracture heals.