The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Hospital recently released a bald eagle on the levee near the veterinary school.
The adult, male bald eagle was found in Livingston Parish and presented to Leslie Lattimore with Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary. Lattimore brought the eagle to LSU Vet Med on Nov. 3. He had been hit by a car and had a significant concussion. The eagle received anti-inflammatories, fluids, and supportive care and is doing well.
So far in 2021, LSU Vet Med has received 12 bald eagles. Of those, four were released, six had to be euthanized because of catastrophic injuries, and two died within 24 hours of treatment.
The LSU SVM's Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana currently accepts more than 1,200 wild mammals, birds, and reptiles annually, with a 15% increase in caseload anticipated each year. There is no charge to those who bring in these sick and injured animals; the Wildlife Hospital provides this medical care from funds donated to the Wildlife Hospital.
Wildlife cases can be dropped off at the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital's Small Animal Clinic during regular business hours, which are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.