In Utah, bald eagles are getting sick and dying and no one knows why!
So far, at least 16 eagles have died since the beginning of this month alone!
That's so awful!
Of those dead birds, half were found already dead and the others died or were euthanized while in the care of wildlife officials.
Thankfully, a lab in Madison, Wisconsin is doing blood and toxicology work to try and find out what's going on. Sadly, there won't be any results for a few weeks.
The problem is, because officials have no idea what's going on, they have no clue as to how to treat or prevent it.
The symptoms are pretty scary. The birds have weakness in their legs, then one leg goes paralyzed, followed by the other. After that the birds get head tremors and eventually seizures. They die in about three or four days.
Wildlife officials are now advising people not to touch the birds should they see one and to instead contact the Division of Wildlife Resources.
This is kinda way scary! We hope this isn't an Outbreak style scenario!
[Image via AP Images.]
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