A few weeks ago, Beverly reported that Freedom had stopped eating, even though she was feeding her daily by hand. She finally determined that she might be depressed, and was able to move some other birds around and get her to a flight cage that let sunlight in. (Can you even imagine having seventy some-odd injured, sick, and healing birds to look after, and the effort involved in keeping them all situated, fed, and comfortable? I cannot.) Long story short, she was able to move Freedom; gradually her depression seems to have lifted, and her appetite has improved. Beverly says it's a good sign that she has enough spunk to bite her hand now!
This is not an uncommon situation for birds with Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy (AVM). Freedom is far from being out of the woods and back to the wild, but there is hope that eventually she can shake this. Beverly related that she has a mature eagle in her care currently with AVM, and a few weeks back, it was if a switch had been turned and those scrambled neuronal circuits reconnected. This condition is unpredictable, at best.
Many thanks to Beverly for the valuable work that she does. We hope to be able to visit her facility in the coming months, and in the meantime she has sent the best photo she could get of Freedom. We know there is not a lot of time in her day for photo opps, so we appreciate this, too!