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Eagle Rescue 101....The Basics....thumbs and all... Águila de rescate 101 / Sauvetage Aigle 101

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Uneek Beebe
Uneek Beebe
12 Feb 2020

While fishing off Nanoose Bay, BC, I happened upon a fledgling Bald Eagle "floundering" in the water. The video documents his welcome aboard...aborted mutiny, and transport back to dry land.
***Update – September 26, 2014.......Upon reaching land, He was picked up by Lorinne Anderson of Wild A.I.D. and it was discovered that this guy was seriously underweight and in need of medical attention. He is presently in the care of the good people at O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society in Delta, B.C. and we are all hopeful for a successful recovery and release back to the wild. He…(14-368 as they call him).. will be taken back to the area he was discovered, near Nanoose Bay for release when he is ready. If you feel you would like to donate to O.W.L. to help my little buddy and assist them in their good work you can find their contact information on their website at http://www.owlcanada.org/
***Update – September 27, 2014.....Went to see 14-368 and he's been eating well for 4-5 days and things are looking better day by day. Hats off to the good people at O.W.L for their great work.
***Update - October 20, 2014....according to the people at O.W.L., "Nanoose" is getting pretty feisty and snapping at his handlers quite a bit....sounds like a good sign for a "wild" eagle...!!
***Update - October 30, 2014....."Nanoose" is now over 4 kilos and off all meds.... but a bit of a discerning eater. According to the good people at O.W.L. today fresh duck is the entree du jour, and she has developed a penchant for soaking her bedding in her water dish and playing in the water.....go figure.... ;-)
***Update - November 3, 2014.....I spoke to Mindy Dick at O.W.L. and got the OK to go over and video some of Nanoose's "rehab" fairly soon......so keep an eye out here for a link to that video.....
***Update - November 13, 2014.....Just checked in with Nanoose's caretakers at O.W.L. and there have been a couple of hiccups over the last week or so, but still looking to let her loose in the flight area in the near future....at which time I hope be able to get some video to share.............
***Update - November 26, 2014.....O.W.L. reports that Nanoose has graduated to a larger cage with a couple of older birds who they hope will teach her a bit about the ins and outs of "eagling".............looking good.....!!!
***Update - December 4, 2014.....O.W.L. has posted a bit of video of "Nanoose" getting in some flying time on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages..../OWL-Orphaned-Wildli planning on a visit soon to shoot a little more to post here
***Update - December 18, 2014 - According to the good people at O.W.L. Nanoose had a bit of a digestive problem, but they're hoping it was just a transient issue, and he/she (still up in the air....)...is on the road to recovery.
***Update - January 15, 2015 - Not much change according to Mindy at O.W.L. Still monitoring Nanoose's eating habits and keeping fingers crossed. Word is he/she is still feisty and protective of food, but a little ambivalent about actually eating it at times.
***Update - February 6, 2015 - As of today, Nanoose is back on medication for a gastric infection that seems to be a bit persistent. O.W.L is hoping to get on top of it and get things back on track for recovery and release. Fingers crossed......!!!
***Update - February 10, 2015 - Stopped by O.W.L. to see Nanoose today and she was looking a little "disheveled". As O.W.L. manager Mindy explained it, this is due to her being quite enamored with splashing around in her water dish.....to the point they've hung her with the pet name "Swimmer". One would think that with her previous history she might be a little averse to the water, but good to see there hasn't been any lasting psychological impact. O.W.L. has her on a new antibiotic regimen in hopes of getting on top of the persistent bug she's been battling and are keeping a close eye on things. Keep up the good work guys.....!!!
***Update - March 5, 2015 - Got the sad news this morning that yesterday "Nanoose" had succumbed to whatever the ailment was she was suffering from. Mindy, Martina, Dina and all the staff at O.W.L. did their utmost to heal her during the 6 months she was with them, and they should be proud of the work they did....and continue to do. Also, many thanks to Lorinne and Norm of Wild Aid for facilitating her transport to O.W.L. .......RIP Nanoose....fly free....!!! .....if you feel inclined to help out O.W.L. with the good work they do, their contact information is on their website at www.owlcanada.org/
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