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Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagles • View topic - Randy Huwa / Wildlife Center of Virginia / Eaglet Surgery

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:43 pm 
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12 July, 2008

Randy Huwa, Executive Vice president, at Wildlife Center of Virginia posting commentary during surgery on Norfolk eaglet at WCV on July 12, 2008.

09:20 a.m.: At 9:15 the veterinary team at the Wildlife Center of Virginia gave some pre-surgery medication to the baby Bald Eaglet.
These will make the bird a bit drowsy, but won't knock him out. At this point, we're expecting to go into surgery at about 10:00 a.m.

10:10 a.m.: After reviewing radiographs, MRI results, and the case history, Drs. McRuer and Bennett examined the Bald Eaglet.
They're now preparing for surgery and should be in the operating room with 10 minutes or so. The eagle is now being anesthetized.
Dr. Dave thought that we were looking at surgery of about 90 minutes.

10:30 a.m.: At this point the bird is still in the examination area of the Wildlife Center clinic. Dr. Bennett is giving a thorough cleaning of the beak and the inside of the bird's mouth. This is being done OUTSIDE of the surgical unit -- as Dr. Dave explained to me, there's no need to bring that material into the operating room!

10:40 a.m.: After a quick repair of Dr. Bennett's eyeglasses ... the eagle has been taken into surgery.

11:04 a.m.: The bird has been attached to an ultrasonic dopppler flow detector to monitor its pulse. All AOK. Dr. Bennett is now working to debride the pox lesion [removing any remaining dead tissue] and will then start on the realignment of the beak.

11:12 a.m.: Dr. Bennett is using an Ellman unit [radiosurgical equipment] to debride damaged tissues from the pox-virus lesion. This
works like a cautery unit.

Ellman International [from Oceanside, NY] generously loaned the Wildlife Center this unit specifically for this surgery.

11:17 a.m.: Dr. Dave and Dr. Bennett have now started working with a surgical dremel to shape the eaglet's beak.

11:39 a.m.: The surgical team has completed shaping the eaglet's beak. They're now working on putting in supportive material [acrylic] to try to re-direct the beak's growth.

Dr. Natalie estimates that they are about 60 to 70 percent finished with the surgery.

11:46 a.m.: The team is now attaching wires to the beak -- like braces. These are designed to help the beak grow out in proper alignment.

11:51a.m.: (reply to question) Yes, MANY photos. Let me see what we can post on the Center's website later today.

12:17 p.m.: The surgical team is now applying acrylic on the side of the beak -- to support the beak and to help correct the beak alignment.

12:41 p.m.: Dr. Bennett just stepped away from the table -- for the first time in more than two hours. The surgery is finished.

We're now in the process of waking up the eaglet.

01:02 p.m.: The eagle is waking up nicely. The surgical team -- and I -- are now going to take a break for lunch. Thanks, everyone!

For the animals shall not be measured by man ~ They are not our brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth ~ Henry Beston

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