|Bald eagle patient shortly before release!|
|Bald eagle patient, after only several weeks in our clinic. |
You can obviously see the soft tissue injuries are healing, but
this patient needed the care our clinic could provide.
An adult female bald eagle was admitted last May with extensive soft tissue injuries to the top of her head, a right wing droop, and trauma to her eyes. As is often the case, we don’t know what caused her injuries; however, we were captivated by this eagle’s spirit and survival attitude.
Many people were involved in helping this bird heal and in giving her a second chance at a wild life. Her recovery was slow and along the way, she required many different medical tests to diagnose her
ailments, evaluate her progress, and help create effective treatment plans. Throughout her rehabilitation journey, this bald eagle received many things, such as:
- Eleven radiographs
- Eleven blood samples
- Two complete eye exams (performed by a Veterinary Medical Center ophthalmologist)
- One EMG (electromyography) performed at the Veterinary Medical Center to access the neurological function of her droopy wing
- 180 rats
- Five different housing spaces
- Ten exercise sessions
After almost six months of intense treatments and the help of many caring hands, this inspirational
patient was given the gift of freedom along the St. Croix River in Hastings.
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