10012019 Bald Eagle - 1

assessment
treatment
recovering
healthy
Location of Rescue: 
Huntertown, IN
Admission Date: 
10/01/2019
Cause of Admission: 
Car strike
UPDATE: 11/3/19 This eagle has been moved to our rehabilitation facility

On Monday September 30th a driver saw the car in front of him on Hathaway Road in Huntertown hit a bald eagle.  They called the Allen County sheriff who in turned called one of our volunteers.  Another volunteer was called to help in the search . The 3 of them searched for an hour, but no luck.

The next day, October 1st, a man was driving down Hathaway Road and noticed something off the road by the water treatment plant.  Thank goodness for his curiosity because it was a bald eagle just sitting on the ground (it is very unusual to see raptors just sitting on the ground unless they're eating).  He stopped to take pictures, realized the bird was injured, and called Soarin’ Hawk.

I was just down the road in our treatment facility at the time.  Our phone dispatch coordinator called me to see if I could pick up this guy .

Ellen and I took off and found the bird and the gentleman that called it in.  He had graciously stayed to keep an eye out for this beautiful eagle.

The bird tried to get away from us but couldn't fly.  The three of us cornered it and Ellen picked it up.  Another volunteer, Kim, offered to help us with its initial evaluation and treatment.  Bald eagles can be a lot for 2 people to handle, especially if they're fighters.

Unfortunately this eagle was pretty quiet.  We didn't find any obvious injuries but it was definitely favoring its left leg while standing.  It appeared to have been eating lately but was showing signs of dehydration.  We treated it with medication for pain and subcutaneous fluids for hydration. It will have a more thorough examination by our veterinary team.

We are assuming this is the same bird that was hit by a car the previous night. 

Because of the color of its head and tail feathers, it looks like a 4 year old bald eagle.

10/03/19 The veterinarian's exam and an x-ray showed a fracture of the collarbone. It also had an old healed fracture of the lower left leg

10/06/19 This Eagle continues to gain strength, It is eating on its own. It is still receiving medication for pain

10/13/19 This handsome fellow is gaining strength and getting feistier by the day. Its treatment for pain continues . We are having trouble keeping its wing wrapped as it insists on taking it off everyday. Feisty is good .

10/21/2019 This Eagle continues to improve

10/28/19 Our veterinarian team has removed this eagle's wing wrap and discontinued medication. It will be moved to our rehabilitation facility soon. Eventually creance training will start. Creance training is when we tether a bird to a rope and allow it to fly a measured distance. This allows the bird to regain its strength and be observed by us.

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