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Juvenile bald eagle being treated in Freeport, suspected lead poisoning

A juvenile bald eagle is receiving emergency care from wildlife staff at the Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, Florida after likely lead poisoning, the animal rescue said Tuesday. The Florida […]

Alaqua Animal Refuge

A juvenile bald eagle is receiving emergency care from wildlife staff at the Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, Florida after likely lead poisoning, the animal rescue said Tuesday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission alerted Alaqua’s wildlife team on Monday about the downed eagle, estimated to be less than six months old. The bird exhibited swelling in one ankle and neurological symptoms, according to Alaqua.

Veterinarians ran blood tests and took radiographs to check for rodenticide or lead poisoning, which Alaqua said affects around 70% of admitted bald eagles. Results showed suspected lead toxicity, although further radiograph results are still pending.

Alaqua Animal Refuge
  • The eagle is currently perching in an outdoor enclosure while undergoing treatment, the center said.

The Refuge stressed the need for donations to fund medical technology that could allow “more speed and accuracy” in diagnosing and treating wildlife. The center is also requesting bait fish donations to feed the influx of migratory birds arriving with injuries, she said.

“With migration season in full swing, we are seeing a lot more Avian injuries lately,” wrote Alaqua on social media. “If you or anyone you know have any to donate, our feathered friends would greatly appreciate it.”

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