Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Update on newest golden eagle

Well, the newest golden eagle, we're calling him Merle, went in to my vet's office last Friday, the 19th of September. We took some blood to run some tests, which we heard the results of today.
He's in pretty bad shape. We are going to repeat his blood work in about a week and if things haven't changed, then the vet believes we should start looking for a mass. Cancer may be this birds problem, however, he also has cataracts. As I mentioned, he's in bad shape.
He is eating on his own, for the most part. Occasionally I need to step in and force feed him.
Usually by this much time into their recovery I have a good feel for the final outcome, this one I do not and that is very unsettling. I just hope that we are not prolonging the inevitable, something rehabilitators have to consider everyday.

We also got in a new patient today. A male Great-Horned owl. He was found entangled in a barbed-wire fence. His right wing is pretty torn up. I believe there is no damage to vital tissues (it's all vital, but you know what I mean) such as ligaments or tendons. There are no broken bones either.

We are going to be having the last of our fundraiser yard sales this weekend. We have been having two a year. They are a lot of work, but they are usually pretty successful. We will also be selling some artwork that has been donated to us for the purpose of raising funds.

Well, that's a short update, but all time allows for......

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Feathered brothers and sisters, you came to us broken and as you bled…….we saw you desperate, dehydrated, desiccated, diseased, distressed, emaciated, famished, frayed, frightened, helpless, hungry, ragged, ravenous, shaken, shocked, shot, sickly, stressed, stunned, tattered, thirsty, traumatized, torn, weary and wounded. Defiantly, you stood us off with your last breath as we tried to tend to you. We saw you come in as cute, naked, fuzzy, cuddly youth, as mischievous, defiant adolescents, as fierce, regal rulers of the sky and as cunning, maimed elders whose time on earth was almost done. You endeared yourselves to us, bit us, charmed us, footed us, delighted us, hissed at us, talked to us, mantled at us, and graced us with your presence.

Some of you mended and were able to go on your way, never looking back. Some of you were injured in ways that prevented you from going, so you stayed with us to teach us…….And we came to love you. Others were too far gone, and you went home - where you fly free from pain with the Great One. All of you have touched us, and we are changed because of you.

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