An ailing juvenile bald eagle admitted to Project Wildlife on the Fourth of July died Tuesday while veterinarians were attempting to determine the cause of its illness. Photo via Twitter @sdhumane.

An ailing bald eagle that was found on the ground at the Barrett Youth Correction facility in Alpine on the Fourth of July died Tuesday, the San Diego Humane Society reported.

“It is with heavy hearts we share that the ailing bald eagle admitted to San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife on July 4th has passed away,” spokeswoman Nina Thompson said. “Our staff and partners have done everything in their power to help this bald eagle, and are extremely saddened by today’s outcome.”

Tuesday morning, the juvenile bird was having more difficulty breathing, despite receiving supplemental oxygen in the critical care unit at the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center, she said. Staff sedated and anesthetized the eagle for a thorough exam to try to determine cause.

Full body X-rays showed no obvious abnormalities, according to Thompson, who said SeaWorld provided an endoscope to help visualize the inside of the eagle’s trachea and GI tract. There were some small parasites in the bird’s throat, but not likely to be the major issue, she said, along with evidence of slow gut movement in the GI tract.

Once the diagnostic procedures were finished, the gas anesthesia was turned off, but the bird did not wake up and several unsuccessful efforts were made to resuscitate the eagle.

— City News Service

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