Harris is continuing to improve and thrive. He is eating well and is now jumping to his perch. He is still very "good minded" and tolerant of captivity. His fracture sight is showing radiographic evidence of callus formation. Callus is new bone growth that will bridge and heal the two ends of the fracture together. It is still very early and a lot of healing has to happen, but it is also very promising! Keep the good wishes coming!
"Harris" is on his 4th day out of surgery. He is doing very well, with strong food drive, relatively calm demeanor, and no signs of infection. I will post weekly "blogs" about his condition and rehabilitation timeline so that everyone could see what "Harris" is "hoping" for.
Week One: During this week, Harris needs to learn to eat in captivity and to stay calm in the presence of humans. The use of a "hood" will be instrumental in conditioning him to the sounds of human activity around him. We are also conditioning him to a special sound at feeding time. During the first week, we will receive preliminary bloodwork back and cultures of his open fracture and wound. The culture will allow us to know what antibiotics are best to keep infection out of the bone and wound area. Hopefully, "Harris" will start eating his medication in a mouse, so that we can limit handling him for medication administration, as this is very stressful for him.
Check back next Sunday, for the Week Two update. Keep the support, donations, and well wishes coming for "Harris".
"Harris" the Bald Eagle has been given the chance for life... and so begins his journey with Cape Fear Raptor Center as his partner in rehabilitation and, hopefully, release back to the Harris Lake area Special thanks to Duke Energy and all of the caring employees at Harris Nuclear Plant for your generous support of "Harris" and your concern with his well being. "Harris" will undergo surgery tomorrow for his fractured Right Humerus. Hope for "Harris" Blogspot will be a place for his many followers and friends to watch his progress, cheer him on, and give him support. He is going to need it, as he has a long road ahead for recovery. With a pinch of luck and some good old fashioned faith, if "Harris's" fracture heals well, and he is cooperative with the many sessions of physical therapy he will need, there is a chance, albeit small insize, that he can be released to the wild. That is Cape Fear Raptor Center's Hope for "Harris". Watch and cheer him on as he "Spreads His Wings" for a long road to recovery!!