Rebecca Lessard certainly thinks outside the box and Harlaut, a bald eagle currently residing in Michigan is very glad she does. Whilst diving in a pond for a snack, Harlaut became entangled in the aviary net that covered it. When he was found the next day by rescuers, they called Lessard who operates Wings of Wonder raptor rehabilitation. After assessing Harlaut, Lessard wasn’t so sure he was going to make it.

“The temperatures had dropped down into the teens that night,” Lessard said. “With all his thrashing, this bird had splashed water up on himself. He was covered in ice. His legs and toes were like ice cubes,” she said, noting a back toe on his right foot had been bent upward in the net. “It may be broken or have a torn ligament,” says Lessard.


After warming him slowly, due to hypothermia, Lessard attempted to feed Harlaut some fresh meat. While she was encouraged by his interest in food, she was more concerned that he was also sluggish and cooperative. Two things a wild bird should not be. These symptoms sounded warning bells but Lessard needed help treating such conditions. In addition to the frostbite, it appeared Harlaut was also suffering from a broken toe.

That’s when she reached out to local MagnaWave practitioners called True North Equine LLC. (Click here to learn more about True North Equine). Lessard first met one of the owners of True North Equine, Haylee Fisher, while MagnaWaving her horse. She was very impressed with the results and hoped the incredible healing technology could also be applied to raptors.

Knowing that True North Equine, where Lessard takes riding lessons, had a MagnaWave machine, she gave them a call. “Could MagnaWaving work for birds?” Lessard was hopeful but unsure.

Fortunately, the answer is yes, it definitely can!

At first, the owners of True North Equine also were not sure what results might occur. They have been Magnawaving small animals and horses for years but, never a bird before let alone a bald eagle or any other type of raptor. MagnaWave provides practitioners like True North Equine with the industry’s best certification and training available today. There are even resources to help people learn the use of equipment for new avian rescues like Harlaut.


MagnaWave machines produce a pulsating magnetic field which stimulates cell metabolism. Applying this type of energy to a person or animal may boost the body’s ability to repair damaged cells. It is commonly used on people and horses and can be used on small animals, including birds. MagnaWave is quiet, painless and heatless. MagnaWaving can also be utilized in conjunction with traditional methods of treating broken bones, sprains and swelling.

The eagle, Harlaut, received three sessions in the first week. He was laid down in a container atop of the MagnaWave’s coil. The equipment is very quiet and the session short, which is good for use on animals, particularly stressed ones such as Harlaut. More concentrated sessions are also applied to specific areas of concern. On Harlaut it was his right foot, which appeared to be the worst of his injuries.

“What I like about this is it’s very quiet,” Lessard said of the MagnaWave sessions. “There’s no heat or pain associated with this treatment. The bird is so calm.”


“Before the first time we treated him, he looked he had given up,” said Fisher. “This is typical when [birds] lose the use of a foot. But after his first treatment he was tearing up fish again and much more active.”

Harlaut’s first MagnaWave session, which occurred on a Monday, allowed the eagle to stand on both feet again by the end of the day. After his second session, which took place Wednesday, Harlaut was beginning to show some more typical eagle sass.

“He showed lots of energy afterward,” Lessard said, describing how he was stretching and flapping his wings. “He walked into his crate with both feet, and he was using his right leg.”

It will be a few months before Lessard will know if Harlaut is capable of returning to the wild. She notes, frostbite on a bird’s feet can take weeks to surface. In the meantime, both True North Equine and MagnaWave are assisting with the eagle’s continued healing progress. His initial response is very encouraging and updates are being provided on True North Equine’s Official Facebook page. Fisher has already posted several pictures and even videos of Harlaut. Click here to follow their page and learn more about this incredible story.