02252018 Bald Eagle

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Location of Rescue: 
Fox Island County Park, Fort Wayne, IN
Admission Date: 
02/25/2018
Cause of Admission: 
Broken humerus
UPDATE: 06/14/2018 - On a beautiful sunny day at Eagle Marsh in front of an enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers, this eagle soared out of his crate after spending 110 days with us. As you can tell from the video he was more than ready and happy to be back at home!

Click here to see the full video of the EAGLE RELEASE and Media Coverage!

On 2/25/18, Soarin' Hawk got a call from the sheriff's office about an eagle on the side of Yohne Rd., close to Fox Island.  The woman said he was lying down, but his head was moving.  When we got there, he was lying down, but his head was also on the ground, and his eyes were closed.  He looked dead.  Fortunately, when we approached it, we were very relieved to see him lift his head.  It took two people to pick him up and secure his talons and get him into the car.  Since we did not have a carrier big enough for an eagle, we put a blanket over his eyes and had volunteer Pam carry him on her lap to the ICU.  Barb Hathaway came to the ICU to assess him and she found a broken humerus.  His keel was a 3.5 and he had a healthy weight.  Dr. Funnell took radiographs and confirmed a broken humerus, and she will do surgery to hopefully repair it.

03/01/2018
This eagle weathered a successful surgery to repair its broken humerus!  See more information here:  http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20180302/rescued-bald-eagle-und...

03/15/2018
A week after this eagle had orthopedic surgery to repair its broken humerus, it began physical therapy.  Physical therapy is necessary to insure full extension and function of each joint in the eagle's wing, especially the elbow.  It is performed under anesthesia for several reasons, but most importantly with the extreme strength of the bird we do not want to take the chance that it would move wrong and damage the healing wing.  It is a very time and labor intensive procedure as we repeat this process three times a week.  We are doing all we can to give this magnificent eagle the best possible chance of returning to the wild!

03/15/2018
A week after this eagle had orthopedic surgery to repair its broken humerus, it began physical therapy.  Physical therapy is necessary to ensure full extension and function of each joint in the eagle's wing, especially the elbow.  It is performed under anesthesia for several reasons, but most importantly with the extreme strength of the bird we do not want to take the chance that it would move wrong and damage the healing wing.  It is a very time and labor intensive procedure as we repeat this process three times a week.  We are doing all we can to give this magnificent eagle the best possible chance of returning to the wild!

03/29/2018
This week our veterinarian removed the pins from his broken wing and radiographed the wing.  Good news:  it has healed well!  We will keep him in ICU a little longer and do daily physical therapy.  His elbow is stiff the first time it is stretched but quickly begins moving normally.  His prognosis is still good for return to the wild.

06/12/2018 - The adult eagle we have had the pleasure of rehabilitating from a broken humerus is ready to be released!  He will be released this Thursday, June 14, at 1:30 pm at Eagle Marsh.

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