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People-Friendly Bird Confuses Keepers In Sydney Zoo

Posted: Jul. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Wedge-Tailed Eagle
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An Eagle, metaphorically a symbol of ruthless individualism if a certain country is to be trusted, has quite literally decided to turn people friendly after discovering its popularity at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Keepers are the zoo were completely stumped as to why the bird remained when it was more than able to fly away, but apparently the bird just likes the attention from visitors.

Flying higher than an eagle is hard without any wind beneath your wings.

Keepers at Taronga Zoo are baffled why a Wedge-tailed eagle found in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges - a species known for its ruthless ability to hunt in the air - doesn't want to take a flight to freedom.

At first they thought it wasn't able to fly, but now it seems the bird just likes hanging around with people.

"It doesn't want to fly away, which is why the vets thought he was unable to," Taronga Zoo's Mark Williams told AAP on Friday.

"We think it's been in contact with people and has become `imprinted'."


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