This bird was admitted to Teton Raptor Center after being hit by a car and was found sitting on the side of the road. After doing some tests, it was determined that her blood lead level was very elevated. To treat a bird for lead toxicity they are started on medication that binds to the lead in the blood and removes it from the birds system. This treatment, known as chelation is so rigorous and taxing on the patients that many compare this treatment to that of chemotherapy in humans.
Update: This bird has been released! Her chelation treatment successfully brought down her blood lead level. She went through weeks of flight training to gain her strength back, and on 2.28.18 she was returned back to the wild! (3/2/2018)
Date Admitted: 1-17-18
Location Found: Swan Valley, IDDonate Now!