Dying bald eagle is rescued thanks to dog who spotted it in the snow
Wildwoods, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Duluth, Minn., has seen animal injuries of all kinds come through its doors. One of the non-profit's most recent cases of animal rehabilitation came in the form of America's national bird. According to the Wildwoods Facebook page, two of the center's staff members were on a walk with their dog Kenai when the dog spotted a bald eagle struggling in the snow.
The bald eagle was noticeably injured and freezing in the cold temperatures. Wildwoods staff had to exercise much caution as every move they made caused the bird to hop away from them towards the shore.
It took a couple of wildlife rescuers to eventually catch the eagle, which is when they noticed that the bird's wings were clearly frozen and his body was chilled.
After corralling the bird into a small kennel, the staff took it to the rehabilitation center where it could get the help it needed.
According to the Wildwoods Facebook page, the rehabilitation center is familiar with encountering eagles who are suffering from lead poisoning due to the lead bullets used to hunt deer in the area, which the eagles feed off of during deer-hunting season. The staff assumed that the eagle Kenai had spotted had lead poisoning, which harms the organs and causes the birds to have delayed responses.
Because of the immense harm caused by lead bullets, the non-profit urges hunters to use copper bullets instead.
The Wildwoods staff ended up transferring the eagle to the Gabbert Raptor Center in St.Paul where it was confirmed to have lead poisoning in addition to having soft tissue damage in its left shoulder.
In a Facebook post, the Wildwoods staff explain that the eagle was in "fair condition" when assessed in St. Paul and that they remain hopeful for a full recovery.