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.