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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/28/2010

Injured bald eagle finds new home

By Washington Post editors

A bald eagle with a damaged beak has a new name and a permanent home at the Virginia Wildlife Center.

The eagle, formerly known as patient No. 08-0887, is now called Buddy.

The wildlife center said Tuesday that Buddy is being trained to sit calmly on a handler's gloved hand. The goal is to take Buddy to presentations and programs outside the center.

Buddy was hatched in April 2008 at Norfolk Botanical Garden. The eagle was brought to the wildlife center in Waynesboro for treatment of a mass on the left side of its beak.

The mass was surgically removed but it caused the beak to grow unevenly. The wildlife center says Buddy can't be released into the wild.

-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Tags:  Bald Eagle, Gardens, Norfolk Botanical Garden, United States, Wildlife  
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