Bald Eagle #17-1613 update

On Saturday, Bald Eagle #17-1613 was more quiet and depressed; the eagle was still standing, but not as resistant to capture as she had been after admission. On Sunday, when the bird’s condition did not improve, repeat blood work was performed. The eaglet was negative for lead toxicity, but blood work indicated a high level of protein and some other changes to the red blood cells. This is likely due to the inflammatory response in the bird’s body as the eagle’s immune system attempted to fight the pox infection.

Sadly, the eaglet died overnight. The Center staff may perform a necropsy, though it’s likely that this bird’s pox infection was too severe to overcome.