03/08/2016 - Grafton, Mass. - A bald eagle spends its last moments in the flight cage at theWildlife clinic of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University before being released into the wild on March 8, 2016. In January, the six-year-old male eagle was found with an injured shoulder. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)
In late January, an adult bald eagle was discovered on the ground unable to fly in Sterling, MA. MassWildlife’s Information and Education Chief Marion Larson and her husband Dr. Scott Handler, a veterinarian with experience handling raptors, and landowner Anthony Papandrea safety captured the bird and brought it to Tufts Wildlife Clinic at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center in North Grafton for medical care.
Photos: Alonso Nichols/Tufts Photo
A medical examination revealed the bird had a dislocated coracoid (a bone that attaches to the sternum) which prevented him from flying. Dr. Florina Tseng, Director of the Wildlife Clinic, said veterinarians treated the injured bird by bandaging its wing to its body to stabilize the injury and provided fluids, food, pain medication and rest. As the bird grew stronger, the bandage was removed, and it was moved to successively larger cages where it could exercise and finally begin to fly. The bird was recently pronounced ready for release by veterinarians at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic.
The bird is identified by a federal and state leg band. MassWildlife’s records indicate this eagle was banded as a chick (along with another sibling) in June of 2010 at a nest site in the Petersham portion of the Quabbin Reservoir. Based on its size and weight, biologists and veterinarians believe the eagle is an adult male.
Anyone wishing to help defray the costs of the care for this bird or other wildlife brought to the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Clinic is welcome to do so as the Clinic cannot charge for the care of wildlife. To make a donation go to: tuftsgiving.org.
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