Bald Eagle

This mature Bald Eagle was found by Wyoming Game and Fish near a deer carcass, unable to fly or stand. Once admitted, the bird's blood was tested and had a lead level of 33.0 ug/dl. Besides the lead toxin, the bird had no other real injuries! The bird immediately started a round of chelation therapy, which pulls heavy metals out of the blood. The bird was showing classic symptoms of lead, such as lethargy, poor balance, and weakness in its legs and feet. Treatment now includes time in the Oxygen chamber, pain medication, and chelation therapy.

Update: After the fourth round of chelation, the bird's blood was re-tested and had a lead level of 9.8 ug/dl. The bird has begun a fifth round of chelation which will hopefully pull rest of the lead out of its blood. The bird is standing now on its own and regaining strength its feet!

Date Admitted: 12-7-19

Location Found: Evanston, WY

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