Tuesday, February 14, 2012
What is happening?
As most of you know, I've been rehabbing wild birds for 25 years now and in all that time I've only received what I think was one bird suffering from lead poisoning. Now in the past 21 days I've gotten in two adult female golden eagles with this problem.
JOSEPHINE has gone through three rounds of treatment and at this point she is still unable to open her feet altho she can now stand for longer periods. Her latest blood test results will come in this afternoon so a decision can be made whether or not to continue her fight.
This photo is of BENNY. She came in yesterday after being found near a bentonite mine between Lovell and Greybull. As you can see, she isn't standing and her feet are clenched into fists. That is a classic sign of lead in her system. She started her first round of shots last night. Hopefully both birds will recover but right now only time will tell.
Thanks to Dr. Merl Raisbeck at the U of WY State Vet Lab for all his quick results on the testing and for supportive words when I'm at a loss.