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Portland Audubon, Rock Creek veterinarian team up to help an injured bald eagle

By Katy Muldoon
The Oregonian

Take your pet to the vet clinic and you expect to see golden retrievers wagging, Labradors snoozing, bulldogs looking judicial and cats having the sort of day they despise. That was pretty much the scene this afternoon at VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital in Aloha, except for the adult female bald eagle in their midst.

Portland Audubon, Rock Creek veterinarian team up to help an injured bald eagle

Audubon's Lacy Campbell holds the eagle while David Barno listens to its heartbeat. (KATY MULDOON/The Oregonian)

Take your pet to the vet clinic and you expect to see golden retrievers wagging, Labradors snoozing, bulldogs looking judicial and cats having the sort of day they despise. That was pretty much the scene this afternoon at VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital in Aloha, except for the adult female bald eagle in their midst.

Two employees from Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center crated the eagle and drove her to the small-animal clinic to get digital X-rays of an injured wing; the clinic provided the sharply detailed X-rays to Audubon free of charge.

The bird, which weighed in at an enormous 13 pounds Monday, was found Nov. 9 on West Hayden Island, injured and unable to fly. Bob Sallinger, Audubon's conservation director, and his son, Peter, drove to the island and rescued the eagle. It's been recuperating since at the wildlife care center.

Look for the rest of this story tomorrow.

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