The photos at left and above,
show close-up views of the
Kirschner Apparatus. Almost
immediately, the bird began
to use his operated leg for
weight bearing. This indicated
that the leg was comfortable.
Photograph by Emerson Wells
In this photograph, taken a few days
before the eagle was released, he
looked elegant and he appeared to
This adult, male Bald Eagle was struck by a vehicle
while down on a road in February. He sustained a
closed, complete, displaced fracture of the right
tibiotarsus that had begun to heal in a malposition.
As he could still fly, no one was able to approach
him until 11 days later. By then, he was malnourished,
dehydrated and so weak that he couldn't hold his
head up. For the first three days, we hydrated, fed
and started him on a course of antibiotics so that he
could safely undergo anesthesia and surgery. Our
veterinarian did an open reduction of the fracture.
He stablized it with a Kirschner Apparatus and the
injury healed without incident. In June, the eagle was
released in the area from whence he had come in
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