Here is an interesting local story that I have been following for a few weeks now--
After two unsuccessful clutches, an adult eagle pair nesting on the property of the botanical gardens finally had success after one chick hatched on the 27th of April. But after what appeared to be an abnormal growth on the eaglets beak, the chick was removed at only 3-1/2 weeks old for further examination. After a thorough examination by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) veterinarian, it was decided to permanently remove the chick from the nest to provide it immediate medical attention.
Over a period of seven weeks, the growth on the eaglets beak was examined, probed, tested, treated and finally scheduled for surgery, but just days before the surgery the growth simply fell off. The eaglet is still being treated for minor beak deformation, but experts are optimistic that the eagle will reach full recovery.
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here's another story about a bald eagle that was shot by a poacher. More than three years after a poacher shot off her upper beak, a team of experts have attached an artificial beak, improving her looks and, more importantly, helping her grasp food. To read more about this interesting success story follow the link below: