Junior Museum bald eagle returns home
Original post made on Feb 25, 2013
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 25, 2013, 11:26 AM
on Feb 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm
Go Sequoia Go! Be free and don't look back. Eagles are not meant to be pets or curiosities.
on Feb 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm
The related article at the bottom of this article states that Sequoia cannot live in the wild because of a gunshot wound that paralyzed her tail, which is why she is a resident of the zoos. Yet this article mentions her soaring in the sky above someone's back yard. Does the paralyzed tail prevent her from hunting? This is confusing. Perhaps the author, Dave Boyce, could clarify why she is able to fly so well with a paralyzed tail. Or has she just forgotten how to hunt?
on Feb 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm
Having discussed Sequoia with JMZ employees , I learned that Sequoia cannot live free due to bone damage as well as a paralyzed tail. She has not hunted since a very young age, so probably never got a chance to hone her skills. There is a steep learning curve for a young, clumsy eagle learning to hunt efficiently.
She has been exercised every Saturday at 2 pm at Bixby Park. She may have seen an opportunity to run for it, or something, such as a shiny object, lenses of binoculars, or noisy humans may have frightened her into taking off.