GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) - Officials say a bald eagle unable to fly more than a few feet at a time was found to have lead poisoning.
According to a news release from the Wildlife Center of Virginia, the mature eagle was found March 31 in a field in Gloucester County. It was transported to a local veterinarian and then the Wildlife Center that evening for a check-up.
The eagle's blood tested at a 0.735 ppm level of lead, requiring treatment. Veterinarians also found it to be dehydrated and depressed.
During a "crop wash," when all food is removed from the bird's body, several pieces of plastic were removed.
The eagle was in better condition the next day, but remains at the center for further evaluation.
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