One Of Minnesota DNR’s EagleCam Chicks Is Dead
St Paul (KROC AM News) - If you check the Minnesota DNR’s popular EagleCam you will notice something different.
There is just one chick in the nest.
The DNR says the missing chick was pushed out of the nest last Saturday afternoon by its sibling and fell 75 feet to the ground.
As soon as the DNR realized what happened, staff workers were contacted and found the chick still alive. It was taken to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota.
According to the DNR:
A wound was found on its head and it had increased effort to breathe. Throughout the exam, its breathing got more labored, most likely a result from internal trauma. Blood was noted coming from the nares (nostrils) of the bird.
It had a fracture of the humerus very close to the joint in its left wing that impacted the growth plate area. With this kind of fracture, there is not an option to repair it surgically and it cannot be left alone to heal as the bone would heal in a way that would cause chronic problems and pain for the bird.
Because of the very poor prognosis due to the complex fracture and severely progressing signs of internal trauma, the young bird was humanely euthanized to alleviate suffering.
The chicks hatched a few days apart in late March and had been growing rapidly.
Here's how the chicks looked just a few weeks ago:
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