DNR: Baby Eagle Seen Struggling in Twin Cities Nest Euthanized

Updated: 05/05/2014 3:42 PM KSTP.com By: Megan Stewart

Snap (left) could be seen struggling on the MN DNR's eagle cam.
Snap (left) could be seen struggling on the MN DNR's eagle cam.
Photo: Photo: DNR Eagle Cam

A baby eagle that was removed from his nest over the weekend has been euthanized, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Attention was first brought to the eaglet, named Snap, when concerned viewers saw it struggling in its Twin Cities area nest Friday on the DNR's eagle cam. Viewers began urging the DNR to help Snap.

The DNR initially said it would not remove Snap because did not want to interfere with nature. They later decided to rescue the eaglet. The Raptor Center in St. Paul admitted Snap, hoping to rehabilitate him.

Tests showed Snap had suffered a severe injury to its elbow which impacted its bone joint, and was also suffering from a systemic infection, Raptor Center officials said.

A statement released by the Raptor Center said, a team of veterinarians determined euthanasia was the most humane way to treat Snap.

The Raptor Center issued the following statement via the DNR's Facebook page:

The Raptor Center admitted the eaglet from the MNDNR cam on Friday May 2, allowing us to provide emergency support and care. Upon admission, diagnostic imaging showed the bird had suffered a severe injury to its elbow with bone loss resulting in a lack of integrity to the elbow joint. The bird was also suffering a systemic infection. Unfortunately, the eaglet's condition made it impossible for the bird to survive successfully in the wild. Furthermore, damaged joints are a major cause of ongoing discomfort for birds, even if kept in captivity.

Sadly, as a result, the most humane path forward for this eaglet was euthanasia. Such an outcome is never taken lightly and is only decided upon by a team of veterinarians after discussing all options.

We appreciate all the positivity and support that was shown to this eaglet and to our veterinarians as we cared for and treated this bird.