A very empty nest – sadly we lost the rescued Jordan Lake eaglet today

Baby E had been showing signs of a decline the past few days, with a high white blood count.  This morning they discovered an open fracture in the humerus (upper arm/wing).  Surgery was immediately ordered, but our little E did not make it and had to be euthanized.   This one pierced my heart for sure, as I know it did many others.  Thank you to all who worked so hard to save her.  We know that no one wanted a successful recovery more than those at CRC and the other organizations who helped with the rescue and care.

Here is the statement on the Carolina Raptor Center Facebook page on what happened

JORDAN LAKE EAGLET UPDATE: I am sorry to report that we do not have good news. The eaglet from Jordan Lake had to be euthanized this morning after surgery to repair a new break in his/her wing.

FROM DAVE SCOTT, DMV, staff vet:
We discovered an open fracture of the left humerus today. It was very close to the elbow joint (wing). We took him to surgery to attempt to repair it but we were not successful. The fracture likely occurred in the last few days and this explains his previously discovered high white blood cell count. Fractures like this are not common but they do happen, and this is one of the main reasons why we try to limit contact and handling of young birds.

In this case, we decided to euthanize the bird as he had multiple other serious issues including a fracture of the tarsometatarsus (leg/ankle) and anemia. We also could not rule out other internal damage or a pelvic fracture resulting from the original fall from the nest. In addition, we had not been able to stabilize his weight and he has been regurgitating more recently. Overall, the prognosis was never very good, but we did our best.

We ask you to please ask questions here on this page instead of calling the center.

11 thoughts on “A very empty nest – sadly we lost the rescued Jordan Lake eaglet today”

  1. So sorry for your loss. I was one of the watchers when at Decorah we lost D-12 and D14. I empathize with you. 😦

  2. So very sorry to hear this sad news. I can’t help wondering what normal life it would have had. It was so young for such a trauma. These things probably happen more than we know, we just don’t know what happens in our forests without cameras. But thank you to the staff for it’s care. She’s finally free.

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