The dedication of animal care teams is truly remarkable. When word arrived from the Department of Lands and Forestry that a mature bald eagle would be landing with us around 9 pm, our intake team was quickly at the ready! GO TEAM GO!
On intake, this feisty bird was dripping wet, exhausted, and had a variety of soft tissue injuries on the body and feet. The good news was that the bird, nicknamed "Splash", is muscular, has no obvious skeletal injuries, and apart from being wet and dirty, feathers appeared heathy.
Our amazing intake team included our operations manager who orchestrated the team, our co-founder and eagle-wrangler, a volunteer registered veterinary technician, and volunteer photographer Al Eastman.
You can see the 'Before' and 'After' pics above. Eastman took the pics of a wet Splash on intake and Wildlife Ops Manager Brenda took the 'After' pics of Splash in his eagle box the next day. Much floofier!
Update – after several days under observation in an eagle box (pictured below top right) in the nursery, Splash was weighed and then taken down to the eagle facility, the ‘Big Jeezley’, where he was moved into a large 8’x8’ enclosure. All going well the next stage will be moving into the big eagle flyway to fly and eat and bathe and socialise with the other eagles.
(photo credit, animal care Volunteer Morganne Robben)