Where were you in July of 1987?This bald eagle was being hacked, or prepared for release to the wild, in an area near Lake Monroe, Indiana. Bands have identified this eagle as C14, the oldest eagle ever recorded in Indiana at the ripe old age of 28 years, 9 months! He was banded as a youngster on July 13, 1987, during the third year of eagle reintroduction efforts by the Indiana DNR.
C14 was admitted to Indiana Raptor Center on Friday, April 15 after being found at the confluence of the Eel and White River grounded by a severe shoulder dislocate and resulting emaciation. Since then, he has been gaining weight. We began treatment with tube feedings, pain medications, and anti-inflammatories. We put his wing in a harness-type sling to stabilize his dislocated shoulder. We also took care to clean and top dress a few facial lacerations, as they were close to the sinus area. After a week, C14 progressed from tube feedings to whole food with little feather or fur, and we continue to monitor him closely. It is likely that C14 will not be able to be released to the wild, but as long as he is able to eat and not in pain, he will live out his days in human care.
We salute this eagle for courage and intelligence to have survived so long in the wild. To think of the young he has raised, the weather he has endured, challenges from other eagles and human encroachment: it is truly a miracle!
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