Hopeful Prognosis for an Injured Bald Eagle
An eagle was brought to us by a conservation officer on Wednesday, January 8th. He was discovered feeding on a dead possum on the roadside. Fortunately, he was discovered quickly and brought immediately to the vet for a full examination. His prognosis is hopeful. He is taking food which is a key indicator of both his health and his will to live. There is some blood in his crop caused from an impact most likely. He is not able to move his legs much but there is no indication of any breaks. There is deep pain response on his feet (a GOOD thing) which indicates that any paralysis may not be permanent. He is being expertly cared for by our director, Ruth Freuhauf. We will keep you updated on his condition.
Remember that we can use these simple tips to easily protect eagles and other large raptors that honor us with their presence in our forests.
SLOW DOWN - when a large bird is in or near the road, he just can't get into the air the way a songbird can. It is just physics.
MOVE ROADKILL deeper into the woods if you can or call the authorities to let them know about it. I keep gloves in my car for just that need and feel so good each time I do the gruesome job because I know I may have saved an eagle!
THROW NOTHING OUT OF YOUR CAR WINDOW - even biodegradable items. The prey that eagles and owls hunt are attracted to that apple core or fry and an eagle can end up in the grill of your car when it soars in for its dinner.
PLEASE SHARE THESE TIPS!
Day 1 - Visit to vet
Under light anesthesia, he was throughly examined and x-rayed to provide vital information necessary to create his treatment plan.
Day 3 - Recovering
in confined space to ensure that he stays calm and stable while he is treated for likely nerve swelling in his legs. This also provides protection to his massive wing and tail feathers. If those are damaged, it will prolong his time in captivity. No doubt, his mate is waiting longingly for his return!
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The ARK rehabilitates hundreds of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife each year. Our goal is to return these animals to their natural habitats as soon as they are able to live independently. We also provide an educational resource to all people of the State of Michigan so we may promote a better understanding, treatment, and appreciation of Michigan's wildlife population.
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to provide the best possible medical and first aid treatment to all animals brought to the center
to provide quality nutrition and appropriate housing to all animals in our care
to humanely euthanize any animal that is beyond help and hope
to provide educational information to the general public when they call for assistance with injured, orphaned, sick, or "nuisance" wildlife
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to release animals back into the wild in proper release sites, carefully selected to optimize the survival of the animal and to have minimal impact on humans
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