Bald Eagle #15-1250

Admitted
June 19, 2015
Released
August 27, 2015
Rescue Location
Windsor, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Ataxia
Status
Former Patient
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On June 19, a juvenile male Bald Eagle was found on the ground in Windsor, Virginia. Animal Control Officer Tiffany Webb noticed the bird was uncoordinated and shifting his weight from one leg to the other. The eagle was easily captured and taken to Smithfield Animal Hospital.

Radiographs were taken, but revealed no abnormalities. Due to his neurologic status, the bird was transported to the Wildlife Center that same evening by volunteer transporter Michelle Allen.

During the initial exam, the hatch-year bird presented with a head tremor and was sitting on his hocks, but was otherwise bright, alert, and feisty. Additional radiographs were taken and blood was drawn for analysis. Radiographs and blood work results were unremarkable. The veterinary staff administered fluids and placed the bird in the Center’s holding room overnight.

The following morning, Bald Eagle #15-1250 was bright and alert. The veterinary staff moved the bird to a C-pen to assess his gait and found that the bird was still ataxic [lacked muscle coordination], but no longer displayed the head tremor. The bird returned to the Center’s holding room and was offered a meal of mice.

The next day the staff noticed that the eagle had consumed most of his meal and while the bird was still mildly ataxic, his condition was greatly improved. The bird was moved to C1 and monitored for any changes in neurological status.

On June 22, Bald Eagle #15-1250 was bright, alert, and showed no signs of ataxia. The bird was also perching on his A-frame and had eaten almost all of his meal. The veterinary staff is very encouraged by the bird’s rapid improvement.

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Patient Updates

Bald Eaglet #15-1250 was successfully released at Chippokes Plantation State Park on August 27. Dr. Kelli Knight, the Center’s assistant director of veterinary services, had the honor of releasing the eagle in front of a crowd of about 70 people.

As Dr. Kelli tossed the young eagle into the air, the bird took off and flew strongly over the lane leading into the park. The bird flew around a bend and out of sight.

 

 

Video from Mich Allen:

 

 

Photos from Barbara Melton:

Eagle Release in the news:

Rehabbed bald eagle released at Chippokes State Park, The Daily Press
 

During the past week, Bald Eaglet #15-1250 continued to fly well in the A1 enclosure. On Thursday, August 20, the bird was caught up for a pre-release examination and blood work. Dr. Dana, the Center’s veterinary intern, declared the eaglet to be ready for release.

Bald Eaglet #15-1250 will be released at Chippokes Plantation State Park on Thursday, August 27 at 3:00 p.m. The release is open to the public; attendees should meet at the park’s visitor center. Those who wish to attend the release should RSVP to lkegley@wildlifecenter.org. As we will have two Bald Eagle releases next week, please indicate which release you plan on attending!


 

Bald Eaglets #15-1250 and 15-1348 have been doing well together in A2 during the past week. The birds are eating well, and Bald Eaglet #15-1250 is flying very well. Eaglet #15-1348 is likely a couple of weeks younger than the other bird, and is still fairly sedentary.

On July 15, the staff will begin to exercise Bald Eaglet #15-1250 to prepare the bird for release later this summer.

On June 26, young Bald Eagle #15-1250 was moved to flight pen A2 for further assessment. The bird has been doing well; the young eagle is eating and is currently 3.3 kg [initially 2.73 kg]. The eaglet is sharing space with Bald Eagle #15-0355.

The staff have been able to observe the young bird in A2 via Critter Cam; the eagle is perching well and flying the length of the flight pen enclosure. After observing several different hatch-year eaglets in A3 during the past few days, the staff believe that eaglet #15-1250 is likely a few weeks older than the other eaglets currently at the Center.

Bald Eagle #15-1250