SAN RAMON (KCBS)— A Golden Eagle that suffered a severe mite infestation was released healthy and strong at Las Trampas Regional Park in San Ramon on Friday.
U.C. Davis veterinarians say they’ve never seen anything like it and that the bird, affectionately named ‘Mighty Mite’ was in such bad shape at the height of the infestation, she was on the brink of death.
Michelle Hawkins, director of the California Raptors Center, described the eagle’s condition when she arrived in August of last year.
“She had no feathers on her head or her neck. She looked like a vulture. She had no feathers on her belly, so that wouldn’t allow her to thermoregulate to maintain her temperature,” said Hawkins.