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Wild eagle visits eagle pair at Bloomington zoo

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  • A wild bald eagle perches in a tree above Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Ill., on Tuesday. Zookeepers believe the eagle has taken interest in the two flightless eagles housed at the exhibit.

      A wild bald eagle perches in a tree above Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Ill., on Tuesday. Zookeepers believe the eagle has taken interest in the two flightless eagles housed at the exhibit.
    David Proeber/The Pantagraph

 
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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The pair of bald eagles that live at Miller Park Zoo have been getting visits from a wild eagle that's stopped by the Bloomington zoo several times.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported that the wild eagle has even landed in the open-topped enclosure that houses the flightless pair, Beauty and Mathata.

Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff says the eagles have been "talking" back and forth. He says it's been exciting to watch a wild eagle so closely.

Wildlife biology professor Given Harper of Illinois Wesleyan University says he suspects the wild eagle is looking for a mate. He says it could be an eagle that's just reaching maturity or one that lost its mate.

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