VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: May 26th Update

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in partnership with the Norfolk Botanical Garden and WVEC, is providing a rare glimpse into the life of two bald eagles and their offspring!

Monday, May 26, 2008

“May 26th Update”

The Virginia Wildlife Center continues to provide regular updates as to the care of the Norfolk Botanical eaglet. The latest information is not promising.

An MRI was performed on Saturday May 24th. The procedure took approximately 20 minutes. To keep the eaglet still the bird was anesthetized for the duration of the test. This detailed imaging test revealed that the mass has grown into the sinus cavity and has at least some involvement with the underlying bone. The eaglet suffered no ill effects of the procedure and continues to feed well. In fact, the eaglet has more then doubled its body weight since admission, now weighing in at about 4 1/2 pounds! This is typical as eaglets at this age are experiencing their most rapid growth rate.

The finding that the mass is involved with the sinus and underlying bone structure is serious. At this point the mass is limited to the left sinus cavity and the eaglet remains vigorous. Final prognosis and determination of the course of treatment will require the biopsy results (expected on May 28th or 29th). The Virginia Wildlife Center is committed to providing the best care possible to the eaglet. Given the aggressive nature of the mass and the finding that it has invaded the underlying tissues, the prognosis at this point is not promising, but no determination has yet been made. We will continue to provide updates as they are received.