On January 22nd, the SPCA for Monterey County Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center rescued a critically ill golden eagle who was found in Lockwood. He was lethargic, dehydrated, and unable to eat or keep any food down.
Blood work revealed a critically high level of lead poisoning — time was of the essence to save him.
Today, he is slowly showing signs of improvement and just now beginning to eat on his own. His prognosis is still guarded, but we thank our compassionate donors for helping us give him a chance to be released back in the wild to fly free again!
Lead poisoning is seen in local rescued wildlife when an animal consumes a lead bullet while feeding off the carcass of an animal that was shot. It can also be seen when an animal is shot but survives.
The SPCA Wildlife Center is available for emergency wildlife rescues 24 hours a day. To support our work, please visit www.SPCAmc.org/donate. To report injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife in Monterey County, please call 831-264-5427.
The SPCA Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the only full service wildlife rehabilitation center serving Monterey County. We operate under permits from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Your support is extremely important to us, as we do not receive funding from any federal, state or local government agency. Each year, The SPCA Wildlife Center admits over 2,000 animals for treatment and care.