Wednesday, April 16, 2008


52 is the record for the number of eagles that have come through Bird TLC in a years time. Yesterday I picked up #52 at the airport. It was sent by USF&W from Dutch Harbor.

He was found on a crab boat. Don't ask the name, I don't know. (I took the title from the TV show The Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel). The crew saw him on the boat, which isn't unusual in Kodiak. The next day it was still there, so they called the State Troopers figuring something was wrong with it. When they went to catch it it ran, but not well. They kenneled it up and sent it to Bird TLC.

During his examination, Cindy found a large abscess on its right foot and it's crop was full and a little hard. She drained the abscess and figured she let nature take its coarse with the crop. It did. She said it threw up last night and it stunk to high heaven.

It'll get another exam tomorrow when Dr. Todd Palmatier does his rounds. Cindy said he'll probably get his foot abscess drained again. He looks like an older eagle. We'll see how things go, but right now they aren't going too bad.


Duncan said...

Busy times Dave, congratulations to all of you who do such a great job.

Dave said...

Duncan - it is busy times. Thanks!

Meggie said...

I'm sure he's feeling a bit better with his crop now free of all the crap he had been ingesting. Hope the foot problem can be dealt with successfully. I'll say another prayer to the eagle god.

Shellmo said...

What a rewarding and wonderful job you have - I am so envious. The eagle is my personal favorite. I look forward to your future posts.
Your new fan - Shell