Photo: The Raptor Center
The bald eagle patient, thought to be male, that was injured near Duluth, was seen for a routine clinic check up on Thursday, May 16. The bird’s puncture wounds were cleaned, and the bird's weight and other vitals were taken. The yellow area on the eagle's wrist -- commonly mistaken for its shoulder -- is covered by foam and special tape to provide protection.
Two adult bald eagles recently “talon-locked” during a mid-air battle in Duluth, Minn. and crash-landed on the Duluth International Airport tarmac. While one bird was able to fly away, the other was severely injured and was taken to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for care.
Julia Ponder, D.V.M., and Drew Bickford, senior veterinary technician, care for their patient at The Raptor Center.
Talon-locking is known to occur among eagles of the same sex during breeding territory battles and among male and female eagles during courtship.
The eagle cared for at The Raptor Center sustained puncture wounds from the second bird’s talons and is expected to recover.
Watch a KARE 11 video featuring The Raptor Center executive director Julia Ponder, D.V.M., and the bald eagle patient here.