American Bald Eagle #17-3362

American Bald Eagle #17-3362
Sep 25 2017

The adult American Bald Eagle was admitted after it was found floating in a canal in St. James City, Florida. The finders noticed the right wing appeared injured. On physical exam when the eagle arrived at CROW, it was found to have an open (compound) fracture of the right humerus. Radiographs revealed it also has an older, stable and healing fracture of its left ulna. It is unknown how the eagle sustained these traumatic injuries.

 

Status Updates

Initial Treatment - Sep 25 2017 4:53 pm

The wound has been dressed and the right wing placed in a body wrap/bandage for temporary stabilization. An IV catheter was placed to administer IV fluids, injectable antibiotics and pain medications. Once the eagle has stabilized, surgery will be performed to repair the right humerus fracture.


Surgery Performed - Sep 26 2017 5:28 pm

Surgery was performed today to debride (clean) wounds and to repair the fractured right humerus of the bald eagle. A total of three pins were placed to realign the bone and it was bandaged for support following the operation. The eagle is on IV pain meds/antibiotics/fluids overnight. The eagle recovered from anesthesia uneventfully.


Prognosis Remains Heavily Guarded - Sep 29 2017 4:24 pm

Yesterday, the eagle received a bandage change. Today, the prognosis for the eagle's recovery remains heavily guarded. Infections continue to be battled with strong antibiotics. He remains down and quiet, but alert. He has been able to hold his head up today.


Injuries Prove Too Severe - Oct 01 2017 8:00 am

The bald eagle's injuries proved to be too severe as he passed away overnight.