Bald Eagle update: It's time for a CT scan
Dec. 13, 2013: Sometimes you just can’t catch a break. After surviving a variety of injuries throughout her life, a tough-as-nails Bald Eagle in our care is facing another challenge.
Sometimes you just can’t catch a break. After surviving a variety of injuries throughout her life, a tough-as-nails Bald Eagle in our care is facing another challenge.
Found injured on West Hayden Island in early November, the large raptor is now mostly in good health – she is alert and eating well – but she doesn’t have full use of her right wing, and we’re not sure why.
X-rays haven’t revealed anything that would explain the ongoing issue, even after four different radiology experts examined the eagle’s X-rays.
To get a more detailed look at the bird’s problematic wing, Portland Audubon veterinarian Deb Shaeffer has arranged for the bird to receive a CT scan tomorrow at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists. Veterinary radiologist Jennifer Tepavich will perform the scan free of charge.
We’ll provide another update on the eagle’s health when we get the CT scan results back early next week. Once again, keep your fingers crossed.
West Hayden Island is one of Portland's most important natural areas. Located near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, it provides irreplaceable habitat for federally listed salmon and imperiled bird, bat and amphibian species. However, the Port of Portland wants to take 300 acres and convert them to a marine industrial port facility that isn't needed and which will irrevocably harm the environment and the local community. Learn more and help us protect West Hayden Island for wildlife like Bald Eagles.