Science - March 29, 2018

Broken bones

Tessa Louwerens

Researchers from Wageningen Environmental Research investigate the cause of death of the Eurasian sea eagle that was found near the Oostvaardersplassen.

Photo Hugh Jansman, Wageningen Environmental Research

The CT scan made of this Eurasian sea eagle showed numerous fractures, including of the left wing and leg. The three-year-old male was found dead near the Oostvaardersplassen. Researchers from Wageningen Environmental Research and the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC) examined the animal together with the veterinary faculty of Utrecht University. It was the first time a sea eagle had been scanned in the Netherlands. The researcher think he flew into something and collapsed.