Raptor Center surgeons work to save injured bald eagle

Raptor Center surgeons work to save injured bald eagle

Credit: Carolina Raptor Center

Raptor Center surgeons work to save injured bald eagle

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 6:52 PM

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A bald eagle with fresh injuries was brought in to the Carolina Raptor Center over the weekend.

Patient #16843, as the adult eagle is referred to, was found off Mt. Holly-Huntersville on Hambright Road, just around the corner from the Raptor Center.

Surgeons at the Raptor Center say she came in with ulna and radius fractures on the right wing, as well as multiple wounds on the feet and legs.

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Experts say her wounds were likely derived during a territorial dispute with another eagle. And despite her fresh injuries, the eagle was in good health.

On Tuesday, surgeons dove into a long and intense surgery. For the first time, ever, surgeons used polypropylene shuttle pins in both bones-- a technique the Raptor Center had never used before in combination with two bones or on a bald eagle.

The pins will not will visible radiographically, and will remain in the bird permanently.

The recovery for this kind of repair is a long one, experts say-- usually longer than three months. But, they're hopeful she will make a full recovery.

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