Golden eagle gets second chance


The Wildlife Center of Virginia released a juvenile Golden Eagle at the top of Big Walker Lookout. The bird was found on the side of a road in Saltville in August.


The Golden Eagle was admitted on August 21 and was assigned Patient #16-1934 [the 1934th patient admitted during 2016] and received a complete physical examination, including radiographs. The juvenile eagle was in poor overall physical condition and had a mild eye inflammation. The eagle was given fluids, anti-inflammatories, and pain medications. A complete medical history is available on the Center’s website, at:

The Golden was moved to an outdoor enclosure on August 26 and has spent the past few months building up strength and stamina. Center veterinary and rehabilitation staff have been exercising the eagle; they have determined that the eagle is able to fly well and is ready to be returned to the wild.

The eagle to be released on Monday will join a group of Bald Eagles that have been outfitted with a transmitter, which allow the eagles’ travels to be tracked. Center-treated Bald Eagles outfitted with transmitters have checked in from as far north as the Canadian province of New Brunswick, and as far south as South Carolina. Additional information about the transmitter program is available at:

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