A sad ending in the case of Eleanor, a bald eagle found in Johnston's Central Landfill in February. The eagle which had been shot several times with buck shots, was discovered to have brain damage that prevented her from feeding on her own and she has been euthanized.
The eagle was initially treated by the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island and then transported to the Raptor Trust in New Jersey. The trust euthanzied Eleanor on March 16 after it was determined that the shotgun pellet lodged in her brain had caused permanent neurological damage.
The Raptor Trust released the following statement on their Facebook page:
"We are very sad to report that the Rhode Island bald eagle, known as Eleanor, was determined to have permanent neurological damage due to the shotgun pellet lodged in her brain. After several weeks of evaluation and supportive care, there were still no signs of progress in her condition. She remained unresponsive and unable to eat on her own. Given that she was deemed unable to sustain herself in captivity, and would have required daily force feedings for the duration of her life, the decision was made to humanely euthanize her. We are all deeply saddened by this outcome, but wish to thank everyone who worked so hard to save this eagle."