NORFOLK -- What is it they say about children - they grow up so fast.
It's the same for eagles, too. Four years ago today, April 27, the most famous eagle from Norfolk Botanical Garden was born.
It's Hatch Day for Buddy, which had to be removed from the nest after contracting avian pox. The pox damaged his beak, making it impossible for Buddy to be returned to the wild.
He's been at his permanent home at The Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro since then and has been training to be a wildlife ambassador.
Should everything go as planned, Buddy will make his ambassador debut at the Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Festival on May 5.
"For months, Center staff has been working to prepare Buddy for his appearance at the Garden's Eagle Festival. A Bald Eagle isn't the easiest bird to train, but we're hopeful that Buddy will be ready for his public debut," said spokesman Randy Huwa.
The Festival includes demonstrations, live animals, booths showcasing arts and crafts, local organizations and events, birding supplies and equipment, great information on eagles, birds and their habitats.
You can watch the male eagle as he attracts interested females to his nest at the Garden on the WVEC.com Live Eagle Cam. On that page, you'll also find information about the May 5 Eagle Fest.