Bald eagle released from CROW after three-month rehab
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation for Wildlife released an adult bald eagle in Cape Coral today after a three-month stint in rehab.
The eagle was rescued on Nov. 8 after it was spotted struggling in the water of the South Spreader Waterway just south of Veterans Parkway. The person who spotted the eagle contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and an officer arrived shortly after and pulled it from the canal before taking it to a CROW drop-off location.
When the eagle arrived to CROW’s wildlife hospital the next morning, radiographs determined it had suffered a fractured coracoid, one of the bones in the shoulder that is essential for flight. Veterinarians placed the injured wing in a wrap to immobilize it and allow the bone to heal.
“Thankfully, this type of injury does not need surgery to heal,” Dr. Sasha Troiano, a veterinary intern at CROW, said. “By limiting its use of the wing with the wrap, the bones are able to heal on their own.”
After two months of care and rehabilitation, the eagle was cleared for release on Jan. 7. A final check prior to release, however, revealed that the eagle had a cut on its right wing. Due to the location of the injury near one of the joints, veterinarians postponed its release until the wound had healed.
“We cleaned the wound, sutured it closed and then bandaged it,” Troiano said. “Since the wound was right at the carpus, or wrist joint, it was quite slow to heal.”
After another month of wound management, bandage changes to keep it clean and rehabilitation, the injury healed. Veterinarians once again cleared the eagle for release. It was transported back to the spot where it was pulled from the canal and this time, the release was a success. After flying to a nearby perch and regaining its bearings, the eagle flew off into the distance.
If you find an animal in distress, contact CROW at 239-472-3644 ext. 222 or the FWC at 888-404-FWCC (3922).