American Bald Eagle #17-805

American Bald Eagle #17-805
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Mar 30 2017

A "fledgling" American Bald Eagle was admitted to the clinic on March 30 from Cape Coral. Radiographs show a fractured humerus of the eagle's left wing. Due to the location of the fracture, surgery is not an option. The wing will be immobilized and the eagle will recieve nutritional and supportive care as it heals.

Status Updates

Wing Immobilized - Apr 03 2017 11:51 am

Over the weekend, the young bald eagle was placed in a body wrap to immobilize the wing. It will remain in this wrap for three to four weeks and the healing progress will be checked with radiographs.

Eating Well - Apr 03 2017 12:03 pm

The eaglet has been eating well on its own and is very bright and alert. It has been moved to a small outside enclosure to continue its healing.

New Radiographs - Apr 06 2017 8:11 am

Radiographs taken yesterday afternoon show the bones are aligned and appears to be healing better than expected. The eagle continues to eat well on its own and remains bright and alert.

Physical Therapy - Apr 11 2017 8:49 am

The fledgling eagle received physical therapy yesterday to keep the muscles in its injured wing strong while it heals. Due to the eagles very alert mentality, future physical therapy will need to be done under general anesthesia to ensure the muscles are worked properly and further injury is prevented.

New Radiographs - Apr 14 2017 2:03 pm

The eagle was sedated today so the veterinarians could take new radiographs and perform physical therapy. Over the last couple of days, the eagle has been removing the wrap that is stabilizing its wing. Veterinarians say this has slowed the healing process because the wing is not being fully immobilized. New wraps were placed on the wing today.

Monitoring progress - Apr 21 2017 8:20 am

The eaglet received a bandage change and physical therapy yesterday. New radiographs were taken to monitor the progress of healing at the fracture site. The eagle was kept inside overnight to monitor the new wrap which was put on its wing.

Healing Well - Apr 28 2017 9:29 am

Recent radiographs show bony callous is forming (this is a good sign) at the fracture site and the bones are aligning. The eagle continues to receive physical therapy every three days.