Bald Eagle released after treatment for lead poisoning

A five-year-old bald eagle was brought to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital in January after he was found in a ditch near Orofino, Idaho. After determining that the eagle showed signs of severe lead poisoning, Dr. Nickol Finch, head of the exotic and wildlife unit, gave him intravenous fluids and chelation therapy, which binds the lead so it can be eliminated through the kidneys.

Sauder, a five-year-old bald eagle, was released on March 12, 2012, after being treated for lead poisoning. Dr. Nickol Finch (left), head of the exotic and wildlife unit, and Alexis Adams (right), veterinary technician.