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MRHS Assists in the Saving of ‘Spirit’ the Bald Eagle


Mena Regional Health System recently provided x-ray services in an effort to save Spirit, the bald eagle, from euthanasia.  Spirit was born in April 2016 and during her time in the nest, her mother was feeding her fish that contained zinc.  Zinc poisoning causes the loss of feathers, resulting in the inability to fly.

Shortly after leaving the nest, Spirit was found swimming in Lake Ouachita and she was taken to Tommy Young, Founder of Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center.  U.S Fish and Wildlife allows 180 days for rehab and restoration before an animal is euthanized.

Tommy has worked endless hours nursing the bird back to good health.  In an effort to save her life, he is required to provide adequate records which prove her ability to fly and survive in the wild.  An X-Ray of both shoulders was one of the requirements.  Tommy was very grateful to MRHS Administration, the Radiology Department, Ben Campbell, CRNA and Dr. Thomas Sullivan for participating in the successful journey of Spirit.

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