BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– The LSU Veterinarian School is releasing a bald eagle back into the wild three weeks after an 18-wheeler hit it.
Cases like this are not uncommon at the LSU Vet school. On average, they receive about 15 eagles and more than 1,200 other mammals, birds, and reptiles each year.
When this particular eagle came in, the team was surprised to see that she did not suffer much damage from the 18-wheeler, but there was evidence that she had been shot in the past.
Professor Mark Mitchell at the vet school said that wasn’t the only surprise they found, “for the first time ever, we took a radiograph, and it was a female with an egg in her.” He says the run-in with the truck likely caused just enough damage to prevent the egg from coming out, but the team was eventually successful in retrieving the egg.
Since bald eagles mate for life and typically have more than one egg at a time, they returned her near the location where she was found in Morgan City to reunite with her mate and potential babies.
While the vet school would like to track the eagle once it is back in the wild, the cost is far too much. If you are interested in supporting the vet school’s care for injured wildlife, you can call the vet school for more information (225) 578-9600 on how to donate.