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.
Training Updates [latest: 5/29/14]
From Buddy Day 2013:
Learn About Buddy's Enclosure
Building Buddy's Enclosure [September 2011]
Time-lapse video of the construction of Buddy's enclosure