MU’s Raptor Rehabilitation Project
Releasing a Bald Eagle
The University of Missouri Raptor Rehabilitation Project will release a mature bald eagle back into the wild after months of rehabilitation, at noon on Saturday, April 5. The release will take place at 7254 Coon Club Road in Versailles, Mo.
Marquis is a mature bald eagle who was found in Benton County on May 5, 2013. When he arrived at the Raptor Rehabilitation Project he was examined and found to be in severe shock. He was given shock dose fluids and pain medications and provided supportive care. It seemed unlikely he would survive the night due to the severity of his shock. However, he surprised Raptor Rehabilitation Project members and was given a more thorough examination the following day. Radiographs revealed his right ulnar carpal bone (equivalent to a wrist bone) was fractured and displaced. A pelvic fracture was also found. After healing, he was put in a flight cage to rebuild flight muscles, but he wouldn’t fly. Further examination revealed he had also sustained a dislocated shoulder. Physical therapy was given for weeks in an attempt to heal the shoulder. With little improvement, project members decided Marquis would not be releasable and put him back in a flight cage to wait until a new home could be found for him. While in the flight cage, he began to fly and his strength increased. The therapy had worked after all. After months of hard work and he can now be released back into the wild.
This event is free and open to the public. Weather permitting, project education coordinators present with some of the resident raptors to offer information and answer questions about birds of prey.
The Raptor Rehabilitation Project rehabilitates injured birds of prey before returning them to the wild. The project gives veterinary students, community members and other MU students the opportunity to work hands-on with professional veterinary medical faculty and cutting-edge technology to rehabilitate and release injured or ill birds of prey.
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