Osprey #17-3565

Osprey #17-3565
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Oct 15 2017

An adult osprey was found struggling in a canal in Cape Coral. Upon intake, Radiographs revealed the osprey had suffered a broken radius in its right wing. The bird was given pain medications, fluids and the injured wing was placed in a figure-8 wrap for immobilization. 

Status Updates

Tail Guard Placed - Oct 16 2017 4:09 pm

The osprey remains very bright and alert. It did not eat any food left for it overnight. The figure-8 wrap remains intact and in place to stabilize the fracture. A tail guard was placed on the bird to protect its feathers while in the hospital.


Physical Therapy - Oct 18 2017 10:15 am

The osprey was anesthetized today for a physical therapy session. The figure-8 wrap was removed and the injured wing was extended and retracted. This helps maintain muscle in the wing while it is immobilized. The wing showed great range of motion, equal to that of the uninjured wing.


Maintaining Weight - Oct 23 2017 1:17 pm

Over the weekend, the osprey was again sedated for physical therapy and to check the fracture. The fracture appears to be stable. The osprey has also began eating well on its own and is maintaining its body weight.


Surgery Elected - Oct 25 2017 10:13 am

A re-check of radiographs during the physical therapy session yesterday revealed the fractured radius was not healing as properly as the veterinarians would like using wraps to immobilize the wing. Surgery has been elected to place a pin in the fractured bone.


Pin Placed - Nov 01 2017 10:36 am

The osprey underwent surgery today to place a pin in the fractured radius. The surgery was successful and the alignment of the pin looks good on radiographs.


Pin Sites Cleaned - Nov 06 2017 2:23 pm

Each day since the surgery to place a pin in the osprey's right radius, the pin site has been cleaned and the bandages changed. Swelling at the incision site has reduced and is clean and dry. The bird continues to receive pain medications and is eating well on its own.


Moved Outside - Nov 08 2017 1:45 pm

A re-check of radiographs show the pin remains in good position and bony callous has begun to form over the fracture. Physical therapy was performed and goniometry measurements were taken of the wing's range of motion. The osprey was moved to an outside enclosure and bandage changes and cleaning of the pin site will continue every other day. A re-check of radiographs in one week will determine if veterinarians will be able to remove the pin.


Pin Removed - Nov 15 2017 6:04 pm

The pin has been removed from the right radius of the osprey. A bandage with triple antibiotic was placed over the entrance site. Physical therapy was also performed on the wing today. For the next week the osprey will be placed in a figure 8 wrap and continue with physical therapy every other day.