Once badly injured, two bald eagles are released into Louisiana's wild
Friday, May 10 2013 @ 12:13 AM EDT
Contributed by: MaryF
By: John Snell
Updated: May 08, 2013 1:58 PM PDT
LSU Veterinarian Jimmy Johnson swings open the crate door, freeing an adult eagle
Gramercy, La. -- Wednesday was moving day for a pair of bald eagles who were very sick critters only a short time ago. LSU veterinarians nursed an adult female and a juvenile eagle back to health and released them into a Wildlife Management Area near Gramercy.
The team treating the adult eagle diagnosed her with poisoning, most likely some kind of pesticide poisoning.
"They're a top predator," said Dr. Javier Nevarez, assistant professor of zoological medicine at LSU. "So they do scavenge a lot of fish and road kill at times, stuff like that."
The younger eagle, only several months old, had fallen out of its nest. Both birds were found by members of the public, who reported the injuries to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
"We've had a lot of very bad injuries this year and a lot of sick birds," Nevarez said.
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