Bald eagle hit by car in Newport News had broken wing bone, lead fishing tackle in gut

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Bald Eagle #19-0031

YORKTOWN, Va. (WAVY) — A female bald eagle was scheduled for surgery Thursday after she was hit by a car earlier this week on the Peninsula. 

“Bald eagle No. 19-0031” was rescued on Tuesday after being hit by the car in Newport News. A Newport News Parks and Recreation ranger rescued the eagle and it was taken to a veterinarian clinic in Yorktown, where it was assessed and stabilized before being transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro. 

Despite injuries to its left wing — two ulnar fractures — and injuries to its talons, vets said the eagle was “in decent body condition” and “appeared bright and alert” during first examination. 

A radiograph also revealed the eagle had a large fishing hook and a lead sinker in its gastrointestinal tract. 

Vets said it had low levels of lead in its blood from the tackle, which couldn’t be removed with an endoscope and surgery was needed. 

Unfortunately the Wildlife Center says chances of the eagle recovering are poor, because joint issues associated with fractures are problematic for wild birds, but they would have a better idea after the surgery. 

The Wildlife Center says your donation can help the eagle and the roughly 2,800 animals it treats each year. To donate, click here.

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