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Critically Ill Bald Eagle Admitted to Sharon Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic

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On the morning of Friday, April 1, 2016, Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Officers responded to call about a sick or injured Bald Eagle in Thomaston. Upon arrival, it was obvious that the mature Bald Eagle was in need of assistance. Officers were able to capture the eagle and immediately transported him to Audubon Sharon for medical care. Recently, our Wildlife Rehabilitation facilities were renovated and an emergency examination room and two large aviaries were added thanks to a generous grant from the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation. Audubon Sharon now has a greater capacity to serve the entire Northwest Region and care for wildlife like this beautiful adult Bald Eagle.

The Eagle was in critical condition but we managed to stabilize him under the supervision of our Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist Sunny Bettley and a dedicated core of volunteers. This stunning raptor is suspected to have ingested contaminated food, leading to a poisoning or toxicity. The first 24 hours were touch and go, but the next morning he was more alert, more aggressive, and standing on his own. He was then transported to a veterinarian, where blood was drawn for testing. It appears that the Eagle’s system and that his liver was being affected. After continuous fluid therapy to flush the Eagle's system, he is finally making progress and even ate. The blood sample has been sent out for a detailed analysis to determine the type of toxin. Other than the internal issue, he is in very good physical condition with no physical injuries.

This Eagle had been tagged seven years ago prior to having the ability to fly. Bald Eagle #32-16 is a 7-year-old adult male who was banded in Connecticut in 2009 and is one of our states own. The incredible wildlife rehabilitation work done at Audubon Sharon is made possible through dedicated volunteers and a community that supports and values our efforts. We are the only staffed rehabilitation facility in the Northwest corner serving Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. Imagine if there was only one emergency room in the same region for people…

On May 29, 2016, Audubon Sharon will host "Raptors and Riesling," a grand opening event for our new pre-release raptor flight cage! The large flight cage is a massive 60 by 20-foot structure with beautiful lines and completely custom built to ensure a safe environment for raptors testing their abilities to fly and hunt before being released back into the wild areas the North Western Corner. This flight cage will be utilized by birds of prey, such as this Bald Eagle, to gain strength and practice flying and hunting!

If you are interested in supporting the important work we do for wildlife, please join us for a lovely evening and register for "Raptors and Riesling" and sponsor the event. All proceeds go directly to support the Wildlife Rehabilitation work we do.

Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Officers rescuing Bald Eagle in Thomaston.
Seven-year-old male Bald Eagle brought to Audubon Sharon in critical condition.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist Sunny Bettley examining ill Bald Eagle.
Audubon Sharon Volunteer, Dawn, helping to care for ill Bald Eagle.
Talons of ill Bald Eagle found in Thomaston.

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