Rescue & Rehab Journal

October 24, 2015

June, 4th 2016

Kuparuk Oil Field workers got a surprise one day when SS1502, an adult female king eider, was found in their water treatment system on Alaska’s North Slope. Later named for where she was found, Kuparuk could not fly and was unable to swim and dive for food. She was flown to the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage where she was diagnosed to have an old, poorly healed fracture in her right wing. On October 24, 2015, Kuparuk was admitted to Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Program where she was dewormed and vaccinated and provided supportive care. While she was in otherwise good health, Kuparuk’s injury prevented her from being able to care for herself in the wild and placement by the US Government was necessary. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for placement arrangements when migratory birds are unable to be released back into the wild, and Kuparuk was matched with a good home at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio, where she moved on November 30, 2015.


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