UC Davis Veterinarians Help Return Bald Eagle to Wild
Friday, September 09 2016 @ 02:06 PM EDT
Contributed by: Windsong
In May 2016, a wounded male bald eagle was found on the side of a highway in Northern California. The bird was taken to a local California Department of Fish and Wildlife game warden, who delivered him to Shasta Wildlife Rescue (SWR) in Anderson, Calif. Knowing the eagle needed more care than they could provide, SWR transferred the eagle to the U.C. Davis veterinary hospital.
There, the eagle was examined by the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Service. The eagle had fractures of both the left and right side of its jaw, with exposed bone of the right mandible; a hemorrhage in the left eye; puncture wounds on both feet; healing fracture of the left proximal humerus; air sacculitis (i.e., inflammation of air sacs); and puncture wounds over the left coxofemoral joint. The eagle was stabilized with fluid therapy and appropriate pain management, and antibiotic and antifungal therapy was initiated.
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