All About Buddy

An eaglet hatched at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in April 2008 created a worldwide following through its on-line appearances on "Eagle Cam." The young bird was admitted as a patient in May 2008 to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Known to the Wildlife Center staff as #08-0887, this young eagle was diagnosed with avian pox--a widespread viral disease in birds.  Read more about Buddy's medical history.

In August 2009, the Wildlife Center veterinarians declared that 08-0887 was non-releasable, due to a permanently malformed beak as a result of a large avian pox lesion.  In April 2010, 08-0887 officially became "Buddy"--a name already familiar to many of his loyal fans.  The Wildlife Center also announced that Buddy will become a member of the Center’s corps of non-releasable education animals.

Happy Hatch-Day, Buddy!

Training Updates [latest: 8/15/14]

 

Learn About Buddy's Enclosure

Building Buddy's Enclosure [September 2011]

Time-lapse video of the construction of Buddy's enclosure


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