This is a juvenile Bald Eagle that came in last night. As the X-ray shows, he has a badly shattered ulna, yet the radius is intact. This strongly suggests that he is victim of a gunshot wound, rather than being hit by a car. We have reported the incident, but the likelihood of catching the perpetrator is pretty low. If caught this person would face thousands of dollars in fines and jail time. We will never understand the reasoning behind shooting at raptors. It is purely just animal cruelty.
The well-meaning folks that found this Bald Eagle had him for a few days before they were able to find us. Unfortunately, they had been feeding him hamburger. In his severely emaciated state trying to digest any solid food, even hamburger, has weakened him even further. He is now on a tube-fed diet of Pedialyte and a small amount of A/D food to slowly “wake up” his digestive system and get it ready for solid food in a week or so. Please, if you find an injured animal, seek professional help immediately! You may mean well with attempts at supportive care, but without proper training, you may be doing more harm than good. We’ll do our best, but please wish this “big guy” luck!
Our two most recent intakes, a diminutive Northern Saw-Whet Owl (left) & a Short-Eared Owl (right). Both of these beauties have benefited from our new on-site digital X-ray capabilities. The little Saw-Whet was determined to have a shattered shoulder (likely from an run-in with a car). The Short-Eared was found hanging from a barbed wire fence by its neck by some kind folks who rescued it & X-rays amazingly show no broken bones. The Saw-Whet’s injury may render him ultimately unable to fly, but he has a home for life with Badger Run if that ends up being the case (check our FaceBook page for updates). The Short-Eared has some serious soft tissue damage making it hard for him to even hold his head up well right now, but we’re hoping with time & medical care he can make a full recovery & be released back to the wild.
After about 6 months of focused fundraising Badger Run was able to purchase its very own digital X-ray machine. The machine was installed 2/13/2015 and was put to use that very afternoon for an injured Great Horned Owl with a broken wing. This means that we can now take as many radiographs as we need, on-site, with no delays and no stressful 30 minute road trips to a vet clinic in town. As a result, we can now offer the injured wildlife of the Klamath Basin even better care than before.
Here’s a “patient” story that really highlights just how important this new digital X-ray equipment is for us. On 2/15 we received an injured Long-Eared Owl with a broken wing. We were able to immediately take an X-ray to determine the full extent of the injury. Staff then splinted/wrapped the break and took another X-ray to check for proper bone realignment. This next X-ray showed that the bones were not aligned. The break would have healed, but would have resulted in a huge bone callous. This may have rendered the owl unable to fly. A second attempt at splinting also indicated a misalignment. But, on the third try we were able to splint the wing and VERIFY a proper alignment by radiography which gives this little owl a very good chance at a total recovery with a release back to the wild. Without our on-site X-ray we would have had to hold the injured owl overnight (it was a Sunday), transport him 30 minutes away to a clinic with lots of dogs and cats around (increasing stress), take ONE diagnostic X-ray, splint the wing, and hope we got it right (we never could afford routine follow-up X-rays). In this case, we know we didn’t get it right on the first try!
First Splinting Attempt Third Splinting Attempt
So here’s a huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this effort! We could never have done it without YOUR support!