American Bald Eagle #16-3855

American Bald Eagle #16-3855
Dec 20 2016

An adult male American bald eagle arrived at CROW from  Pine Island Sound with a serious left leg injury. The eagle weighs approximately 6 lbs. and was quiet, dehydrated and emaciated. A blood transfusion was performed without any complications and latest tests indicate an increase in red blood cells.

The eagle is showing signs of slight improvement and is more alert, vocal and attempting to stand. The eagle will be closely monitored, receive daily exams and fluids to increase strength and weight.

Status Updates

Leg Debridement - Dec 23 2016 9:42 am

The bald eagle received a debridement yesterday and will require another one in a couple of days. A debridement is the removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue.


American Bald Eagle Succumbs to Injuries - Dec 24 2016 12:15 pm

Unfortunately, the eagle lost complete feeling and use of its left leg at the site of the wound and it was decided to euthanize the eagle. The leg is critical to survival in the wild and needed for hunting. Without use of the leg and unable to stand, there is no chance of survival. The eagles remains will be sent to the state for a necropsy then to the National Eagle Repository where its feathers will be donated to Native American tribes.