Eagle freed after lead poison recovery

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A young male bald eagle that was suffering from lead poisoning when he was rescued last May near Longview, Wash., has been returned to the wild.

Audubon-Portland’s Wildlife Care Center diagnosed his problem with a device that can detect lead in blood. The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/qzX8SI) that the center’s veterinary staff then started chelation (KEE-lation) treatment to cleanse the lead from the bird’s system.

The care center’s Lacy Campbell tells the Daily News of Longview (http://is.gd/27ie9o ) that the bird has also been outfitted with a set of feather extensions from other eagles to help him fly since many of his tailfeathers were broken.

Emaciated and lethargic when he was found, the healthy bird was released Friday at Willow Grove Park near Longview.

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