The following story is taken from the website of Centre Wildlife Care:
"On October 5th 2012, we received a juvenile bald eagle. He does not have a white head yet because their head is not white until they are 5 years old and sexually mature. He was found down on the ground with obvious trauma related injuries such as an abrasion on the wing and a sore left leg, but there were no fractures. There were other signs that pointed to lead poisoning such as anemia, bright green feces and severe lethargy. So we immediately sent out blood work and also started treatment for lead and antibiotics for the injuries. The blood work came back positive for lead poisoning, but it was a low level. That's good news; it can be treated! So many eagles over the years that we have received have had such as toxic lead level, that they didn't make it. Some were so high, the lab could not even measure the amount.
After about 10 days, he is feeling better, but that left leg is still ouchy and he is lying down most of the time.
Finally Monday, October 22nd, he started perching in the outside flight enclosure! It's obvious that that left leg is still ouchy, but he is using it and moving around. And he is eating like a pig...about a pound a day.
On November 25th, he is flying more and more and getting stronger. And he is using his sore leg well and you can't even tell that there was a problem. He will need to get a lot stronger before he can be released because they need to fly for a living. We are thrilled that he has made a full recovery from the lead poisoning."
Canace was released on January 17th with cameras rolling.
Rescues like Canace's would not be possible, if it wasn't for the generous donations from the community. To learn more about Centre Wildlife Care and how to help, visit them online.