||Dr. Erik Stauber exercises a Golden
Eagle on a creance (a long fly-line) as part of it's rehabilitation.
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.
January 09, 2009
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