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"Christmas Eagle" hanging onSubmitted: 01/11/2019
Devin Biggs
Devin Biggs
Weekend Meteorologist/Reporter
dbiggs@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - Things didn't look good for a deathly ill bald eagle with lead poisoning. Friday, that eagle is doing better, but still might not make it.

A few weeks ago, that bald eagle suffered from severe lead poisoning in Rhinelander. Lead levels have dropped since Wild Instincts took it in. Rehabilitation Director Mark Naniot still isn't sure if she'll survive, but they're doing everything they can to give the eagle a fighting chance.

"We've had a lot of situations where the lead levels come down and everything starts looking good, and you end up with renal failure or kidney failure… and they perish at 3-4 weeks," said Naniot. "So at this point, we don't have any excitement levels of yeah she's still here."


The eagle started experiencing breathing problems a few days ago. Naniot asks all hunters and those fishing to please use equipment without lead to help prevent future cases like this.

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