GOLDEN EAGLE REHAB

Every year Ojai Raptor Center receives on average 3-5 Golden Eagles. This Golden Eagle was admitted to Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay in mid-September. Because of its intake weight (4420 grams or 9.7 pounds) we believe it to be a male- in most raptors, males are about 1/3 smaller than females. It was found in Templeton, California with a broken Ulna bone in its left wing, some blood in its mouth and some abrasions around its head. It spent about a month at PWC to begin the healing of its wing and to gain strength and weight. It is now at ORC to spend time in our 200 ft. flight to stimulate more wing strength and mobility. Broken wing bones are actually easier to heal in birds than people think. Their bones are much different than human bones in that they are incredibly light and mostly hollow. They can calcify very quickly depending on the break. The break in this eagle's wing is already calcified/stabilized but it needs flight time. We're working specifically to get the bird to make slow progress- meaning it will start flying from perches that are relatively close together- around 10 feet- and will gradually start flying longer lengths of the flight. We strategically place its food in different places everyday to force it to fly different distances, using different muscles. For example one meal we might place its food so it must hop from a rock and fly up to a perch or fly down from a perch to a lower perch or fly from one side of the flight to the other. We will vary the different movements it makes so it gets varied strength training. At this time its flight is labored but we expect it to make a full recovery. We'll post updates of this special bird as they come!