Monday, January 29, 2007

Eagle from Kenai

This young Bald Eagle (BE 07-007) was sent to us by Beth of U.S.F.&W. in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. It was laying down, not wanting to get up. When it arrived at the clinic, it was a little more active. We gave a thorough exam and found no injuries. We placed it in a clean mew with fresh water and salmon. It stood up right off the bat. The best we can figure that he made a common mistake a lot of young eagles do. He over ate. His crop was too full so he felt real bad.

It'll spend a little time with us under observation. Meals and board on Bird TLC. He'll be released before long at all.

4 comments:

robin andrea said...

I had no idea that eagles would overeat to the point of being unable to fly. That's interesting behavior, considering that it could make it vulnerable to predators.

LauraHinNJ said...

So he just has a full tummy?

Susan Gets Native said...

I do the same thing when I eat too much. I lay down and don't want to move.

Dave said...

They do eat too much sometimes. Their crop is so full they become ill. They act like they are stunned and can't fly. It does make them vulnerable to predators. But in a few days they are over it.