Update: An eagle is making “excellent progress” after construction workers found the bird Tuesday floating down a creek in Oklahoma on Tuesday, a veterinarian said.
Kay Backues, senior veterinarian at the Tulsa Zoo, said on Thursday that tests of the eagle’s blood came back negative for lead poisoning. Veterinarians believe the eagle might have a bacterial infection or toxicosis from eating rotted material.
“The material was removed from her esophagus the day of admission and that, along with fluids, antibiotics and warming, have made a significant difference,” Backues said. “The bird is now very aware ... The very alert and aggressive personality typical of wild bald eagles has almost fully returned, which is a very promising sign.”
Original story: Construction workers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, are being credited with rescuing an eagle after they found it floating down an area creek Tuesday.
Crews were working on a bridge near Bird Creek when they saw an eagle on a log floating down the creek.
They were able to get the eagle from the water, and they took the eagle to the Tulsa Zoo hospital for help.
Zoo officials said the eagle, which is likely female, is severely ill, unable to stand on its own and very weak.
“Radiographs and exams do not show any evidence of gunshot or other trauma,” the zoo said in a statement. “It is being tested and treated proactively for lead ingestion (a leading cause of death for wild bald eagles) and provided supportive care while further testing is being completed.
“All measures to help its recovery are being undertaken.”