Eagle who fell from nest in D.C. euthanized

(PHOTO: Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Valor, a fledgling eagle who fell from a nest in D.C., has been euthanized.

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, Inc. shared the news that Valor tested positive for West Nile virus Monday.

The lack of improvement in Valor’s neurologic symptoms after a week of aggressive supportive care led animal care to the decision to humanely end Valor’s suffering before his condition deteriorated further.

Infection with this virus is not always fatal in birds; however, after seven days of intensive supportive care, Valor remained slow to respond to stimuli and displayed no signs of improvement.

He had to be force-fed as he showed no appetite and refused to hand-feed or self-feed. Valor was extremely lethargic and had head and body tremors—signs of advancing West Nile disease.

Professional assessment was that it was extremely unlikely that he would recover, even for placement at an educational facility. Subjecting him to further treatment, handling, and captivity and prolonging his suffering would have been inhumane and contrary to principles as wildlife rehabilitators. A necropsy will be performed at another facility.