Critical Condition Eagle

This video was taken Thursday afternoon. A 3 yr. old male Bald Eagle was admitted from Adams County, Necedah, about 4 p.m. Mark and Lisa O'Shasky transported. This eagle is in very critical condition suffering from poisoning. I know this video may be hard for some to watch, you can imagine how difficult it is for us holding him in our arms. From the symptoms this is a neuro-toxin, likely organo-phosphate or carbamate poisoning. He was admitted with a body temperature of 109 degrees F.. ( normal 104-106) His seizures were very strong and affected every part of his body. It took three of us to hold him down during the seizures episodes. If we were not holding him, he would thrash, could break his own wings and injury himself with his own talons. The seizures were rhythmic, occurring with only a minutes time between episodes. The seizure episodes lasted about 4 minutes each. It was all hands on deck to save him. He was given activated charcoal immediately to absorb any poison left in his digestive system. He was so hot to the touch we gave him cool fluids and put ice packs under this wings and back. He was given diazapam for sedation to relax his muscles. He is resting now. He now has a normal body temperature. We will be checking on him often until the sedation wears off and then revaluate him. Often I end up holding patients like this all night so they do not injure themselves. This type of poisoning can last for 36 hrs or more depending on how much he was exposed to and how the exposure occurred. This video is a tiny snapshot of this eagles poisoning nightmare. Sadly, we see if often following applications of pesticides and herbicides,, not only in eagles but in tiny birds like ground nesting species,birds that eat insects or grubs and worms and hummingbirds. If you poison any animals food supply you can expect they will die. Insectivores, birds that eat insects, will die when they eat poisoned insects of walk on lawns treated wit the toxin. Many toxins are dermal absorbable. It seems logical. We are always surprised when people seem unaware of the connection. Please consider wildlife before you use herbicides and and similar products.

Our very busy day that started with yet another adult loon admitted from Oconto County that joins the one from last night. Two adult loons admitted within 8 hrs. Both are very thin. We are happy that both have low lead levels. X-ray identified a suspicious area in the lung of the loon admitted today that may be in injury to the chest wall and surrounding tissue. 
Dawn Stein brought a young female Hairy Woodpecker that was injured by a dog. Fledgling Cedar Waxwings arrived as well, one with and injury to his leg, but should recover by the time he is ready to fly. 
Steve and Evie Fisher transported a Coopers Hawk from the DNR.Thank you to our terrific transporters and those that were involved in rescue as well. We are awaiting a Canada goose from Stevens Point with fishing line wrapped around one leg and foot and around his neck and tongue and a Coopers hawk from Mountain. Busy day and night ahead.