We apologize upfront for some of the gory images, but posts like these we share to raise awareness
Thank you to Vicki for picking this dead Longcrested Eagle up and sending it through to FreeMe Wildlife to look for answers.
This young male eagle was in prime condition at the time of death. He had a small amount of body fat, indicating that he was not underweight, and he was undergoing a fairly vigorous moult, another sign that he was in prime condition. So what caused his sudden death?
Have a look through the photos to see what we found… all evidence points to anticoagulant, rodenticide poisoning. Rodents make up the primary diet of Longcrested Eagles. How sad that this young raptor died in the process of actually doing what he does best – keeping rodent populations in check
Samples have been taken from his body for testing as part of Kailen Padayachee’s study on the build up on environmental toxins in raptors.