Rehabilitation of a Golden Eagle
A young Golden eagle, most likely male and about a year of age was brought to
the Veterinary Teaching Hospital on July 9, 2003 after being found near
Grangeville, Idaho. The bird was unable to fly.
Examination of the bird showed dehydration, poor body condition and a
drooping right wing. Radiographs (x-rays) showed a fracture of the right humerus.
The fracture was beginning to heal and was in good alignment, so surgery was not
necessary and the wing was stabilized with a bandage. In order to improve the
bird's ability to use his wing, he was anesthetized every other day for physical
therapy. His recovery so far has been very good and we fully expect to be able
to release him soon. While being exercised on a creance (a long line to allow
him to fly), he flys very well, has a strong wing beat and is able to gain
height while flying into the wind.