Buddy

Species Name (EN): 
Bald Eagle
Species Name (LA): 
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Admission Date: 
September 12, 2012
Release Date: 
September 12, 2012
Patient Status: 
Educational Animal

This eagle hatched on April 27, 2008 at a nest at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.  Thousands of individuals around the world followed his life through “EagleCam” — a web-based camera — and soon noticed a lump developing on the side of the bird’s beak.  In May 2008, the eagle was taken from his nest and admitted as a patient at the Wildlife Center.  Lab tests revealed that the lesion on his beak was Avian Pox.  Despite an all-out effort by Center veterinarians, the pox lesion caused a permanent misalignment in the bird’s beak, which will need to be trimmed periodically for the rest of the eagle’s life.  In August 2009, the Norfolk Bald Eagle was declared non-releasable; in April 2010 he was officially named “Buddy”.  Buddy is being trained for his new “career” as a Wildlife Center education animal and wildlife ambassador.

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