Hundreds gather to honor eagle

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Posted on January 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 11:04 PM

NORFOLK -- The Native American drum group Four Rivers Drum will played a memorial concert Sunday in tribute to the female eagle.

Hundreds turned out for the event in the Matson Garden area at the garden.

The group performed an "Eagle Calling Song," and other memorial songs to the female eagle and other selections to honor the male eagle.

Watch 13 News at 6 for a full report of the memorial service.

The three eaglets moved Wednesday from Norfolk Botanical Garden are doing fine so far at their new home in Waynesboro.

They were removed from the nest after wildlife officials decided it was their best chance for survival after the untimely death of their mother.

The female was struck by a plane that was landing at Norfolk International Airport on Tuesday morning.

Even though the father was getting food for them that evening and into the next day, officials felt that it would be difficult for him get enough food as they grew.

The eaglets arrived at the Wildlife Center of Virginia around 2:30 p.m. and each got a quick, 10-minute check up.

"They spent the night inside the clinic at the Center and were getting a more thorough check this morning," said spokesman Randy Huwa.

Thursday, each eaglet was getting a full physical exam and blood work so vets have baseline information on them.

"Right now, they're in an indoor pen, just the three of them together. Later, we hope to move them outside into an enclosure where they can see an adult eagle (but not access the eagle)," explained Director of Outreach Amanda Nicholson.

The center cordoned off part of its 100-foot flight pen. An adult Bald Eagle in rehab will be in one end and the eaglets will be in the other. "As the eaglets grow, develop, and fledge, we'll give them access to the FULL pen so they can stretch their wings and practice flying," Huwa stated.  

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