The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program plays a vital role in the Northern Colorado community. Not only does the organization rescue, rehabilitate, and protect injured birds of prey, but they also provide educational opportunities about the raptor species and their environment to those who are interested in learning.

Last week, the RMRP helped save the life of a beautiful bald eagle that was found injured near Casper, Wyoming.

The eagle was discovered on the ground on January 27 and was unable to fly or stand. After recovering the injured bird, rescuers first transported it to Cheyenne where the mission was then turned over to one of the RMRP team members, who brought it to their rehabilitation facility in Fort Collins.

The eagle was very weak and unstable upon its arrival at the Rocky Mountain Raptor facility. An examination revealed signs of malnourishment and head trauma. The triage team administered subcutaneous fluids, pain medication and then placed the eagle in one of the oxygen units to rest.

By the next morning, the eagle was able to stand up but was very wobbly. The raptor also showed signs of other significant neurological issues that were consistent with lead toxicosis. Blood tests revealed that the bird's body did have an abnormally high lead level. Staff immediately began a treatment regimen that involved an injectable medication to help remove the lead from the eagle's blood. The first round of this medication was completed on February 1. RMRP staff explained that sometimes this treatment plan can take up to two months, depending on how much lead is in the body.

On February 2, the RMRP provided an update on the eagle's condition. While it's slowly improving, the bald eagle has a long way to go as far as recovery goes. The good news is that the bird is now able to stand on its own. It has also gotten its appetite back, although staff still needs to hand-feed the eagle. Most of its neurological issues have significantly quieted down too.

Thanks to the RMRP, Wyoming Game and Fish, Teton Raptor Center, and the Cheyenne Pet Clinic this regal eagle has a second chance at life.

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