“June 26 Update”
by Dr. Dave McRuer, Director of Veterinary Medicine at the Wildlife Center of Virginia
Great news today. We decided to start exercising the eaglet's tendons by providing a perch in the enclosure. As you can see by the picture, the bird thought this was a fantastic idea and now spends many hours of the day perching and grasping the new furniture.
We are continuing to provide supportive care and the patient continues to gain weight. From a surgical standpoint, the stars are aligning and I feel comfortable to report that we should have the mass debulked within the next two weeks. This has been a long process - longer than we had intended. However, in the interest of doing the very best for this bird, we've been consulting with the very best avian surgeons. The spring/summer is a very busy time for everyone and arranging schedules and the necessary equipment to perform the surgery (laser and radio surgical instruments) has been a challenge. The downfall of waiting is that the beak may be more deviated than if the surgery took place two to three weeks ago. On the other hand, the surgery would have been more risky as the mass was still in the growth phase and the immune system was not as effective.