Outcome: 25 August 2019 released at McFarland Park, Story County
Location of Rescue: Hardin County
Cause of Admission / Condition: Grounded
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
A concerned citizen was out checking on area snow pack and flooding. He came upon this juvenile bald eagle unable to fly away. The eagle has abrasions across the inside of both wings at the wrist and on the chest. The eagle also had a cut and blood on the middle toe of the right foot. Whatever had ‘caught’ this eagle cut off the circulation to that toe and Kay says the eagle will lose that toe. Our best idea is that when the eagle was caught, flapping attempts met the ground and caused the swelling, abrasion, and feather damage.
17 April 2019
This eagle did lose part of the middle toe on the right foot, but seems to be adjusting. This juvenile has been moved to a 10' x 20' flight room to begin strength training.
11 June 2019
Now we're suspecting some frostbite damage from being down on the ground. This eagle sloughed off part of the wingtip and has dropped all primaries on one side and are about 2/3 grown back in. Not sure if will have enough leading edge of wing for flight.