"Kim" the Bald Eagle
Veterinarians at WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine successfully released a
rehabilitated Bald Eagle on November 13, 2007 in the Pioneer Campground along
the banks of Priest River, just north of Newport.
Kim, a 6-year old male Bald Eagle was successfully released back into the
wild November, 13th. The eagle was released near Newport, Washington in an the
area where it was first discovered last February.
The eagle has been nicknamed
“Kim” after the woman who first found the bird and took it to her local
Kim was suffering with a broken wing, and elevated levels of lead
in his system. Surgery repaired the delicate bones in the wing and special
medical techniques were employed to flush the lead form its body. The long
rehabilitation required tube feedings and eventually a gradual program to
rebuild the eagle’s strength. “It has been a long and difficult journey for
Kim” said Dr. Nickol Finch, who heads up the Raptor Rehabilitation Program at
WSU. “Now he’s back where he belongs!” The eagle was released in the Pioneer
Campground along the banks of Priest River, just north of Newport.