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VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: May 31st 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, June 02, 2008

“May 31st Update”

The following update was posted by Dr. Mark Ruder on the Wildlife Center of Virginia's website. The seriousness of the eaglet's conditon continues to become apparent. While many were relieved with the diagnosis of Avian Pox, the bird continues to be in very serious condition.

by Dr. Mark Ruder at the Wildlife Center of Virginia
The Bald Eaglet was originally eating well off of a chopped plate and took bits of mice from the forceps. On Thursday and Friday, however, the bird began to occasionally refuse to eat. Today, the bird refused to eat anything off of a chopped plate OR from the forceps and was force-fed at each meal. These force-feedings are not going to help in our attempt to minimize stress for the eaglet. The bird also dropped a small amount of weight, from 2.26 kg to 2.15 kg. Our goal is to increase the bird's body mass to help it withstand anesthesia.
No big change in the lesion, although it is difficult to objectively evaluate its growth. If anything, it is slightly larger than yesterday, especially on the underside of the beak (within the oral cavity). Today was the first full day of interferon therapy, which we hope will stop the growth of the lesion.