This week, an American bald eagle, found unable to fly in Palm Beach, was taken to South Florida Wildlife Center, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, for treatment. The Fort Lauderdale facility is the highest-volume wildlife hospital, trauma center and rehabilitation facility in the U.S., and has been saving lives for nearly 50 years.
Among over 12,000 animals seen annually, representing more than 250 species, the center has only seen five other American bald eagles over the course of 10 years. Upon evaluation, the veterinary team noted that the eagle had no obvious breaks. They wrapped his wing, gave him medication and fluids, and tested his blood. SFWC staff veterinarian Dr. Amada Grant said that the eagle has a soft tissue injury on his right elbow, likely trauma-related. He has a good body condition and weight and is eating very well on his own. He is now being treated with anti-inflammatory medication and soft tissue laser treatment, which will continue until he is healed.
According to Debra Parsons-Drake, SFWC executive director and senior director of animal rescue, care and sanctuary at The HSUS, “We are very pleased that this magnificent bird is responding so well to treatment. Although bald eagles have been removed from the national endangered species list, they are still rarely seen in south Florida and in most of the country. In fact, Florida has more American bald eagles than most of the continental U.S. – and there are only about 1,500 nesting pairs here. Treating this bird and returning him to the wild will help perpetuate this noble species, which, to many people, embodies the American spirit.”
South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, has been a member of the South Florida community for nearly 50 years, protecting South Florida’s biodiversity, transforming wildlife rehabilitation and saving lives. SFWC provides emergency rescue services, diagnostics, surgical and other veterinary treatment, recovery habitats, orphan rearing and expert rehabilitative care to more than 12,000 injured, orphaned or imperiled animals annually, representing more than 250 species.