A bald eagle that zoo officials thought couldn’t fly surprised everyone when it spooked during a routine maintenance session and flew toward his mesh enclosure with enough force to create a hole and escape, according to the zoo.

The unnamed male bald eagle came to the zoo about a year ago after wildlife rehabilitators found it injured and with broken bones.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife determined that it could not be rereleased into the wild and needed a permanent home, according to Kaki Heiligenthal, the director of marketing for Brec’s Baton Rouge Zoo.

She said the zoo believed eagle was unflighted, or had limited flight capabilities, until it became startled and took off.

“When he ran into the mesh at the top of the exhibit, it was hard enough to create a hole,” Heiligenthal told today. “It turns out he could fly a little bit better than we had originally anticipated and just took off and kept going.”

The eagle escaped on Wednesday morning. Zoo officials have been searching for it ever since and have asked for the public’s help in locating the bird.

“We are actively searching,” Heiligenthal said. “We’ve been fielding a bunch of phone calls from people in the area who have seen birds that they believe to be the eagle and we’re recording all of those and looking into the ones that seem most likely.”

The zoo staff is searching the zoo grounds as well as the surrounding parks and neighborhoods. Heiligenthal said that eagles naturally gravitate toward high places.

“Eagles are not notoriously aggressive, but if someone tried to grab him or something, certainly he could become defensive,” she said. “The best thing to do would be to keep him within sight and give the zoo a call so we can send out the proper personnel to come collect him.

“It’s been a little over 24 hours, but we’re still very hopeful that we’ll find him,” Heiligenthal said.

The zoo is asking that anyone who may spot the eagle call it at 225-775-3877.

Responses to "Bald Eagle Missing From Baton Rouge Zoo (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    He's long gone now... too bad I only hope he can hunt

  2. Unknown says:

    Leave him be & let him be free!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Did you Name the Bird? We can help if we knew a name...

  4. Anonymous says:

    leave him alone

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why are. They serching.
    For the eagle ,
    ? Let it fly -
    respect i gardens creatures !
    - it deservs it ! -

  6. Anonymous says:

    "The unnamed male bald eagle came to the zoo about a year ago after wildlife rehabilitators found it injured and with broken bones." ... so this is a wild animal who should be free ... he can hunt as he was NOT raised in captivity ... FLY! ...

  7. Fly like an Eagle. No really, fly eagle, fly!

  8. Anonymous says:

    the wild is where he belongs; not in a cage for people to gawk at ..he obviously did not want to be there . so leave him alone ...

  9. teresa says:

    He's leaving the country

  10. teresa says:

    He's leaving the country

  11. Anonymous says:

    Obviously, if the bird can fly quite well, & she was NOT born in captivity, she'll be just fine on her own! Leave her alone & let her be free where she wants to be! DO NOT RECAPTURE & PUT HER BACK IN A DAMNED CAGE!!! SHE'LL HAVE A BETTER LIFE IN THE WILD!

  12. Anonymous says:

    They never loose their instinct to hunt!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Sometimes one chooses even death over prison. Teach people LOVE and SHUT DOWN ALL PRISONS !! FLY EAGLE FLY !!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps the Eagle was just as pissed about the verdict of the trial as we were...No justice, no peace....Fly West...Not South-East!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Leave it be so it can live its life as it should be, flying free... Hasn't humanity killed enough of them already?

  16. Anonymous says:

    You GO Eagle!!


  18. Morgana says:

    Fly high away my baby.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I agree with you all, it knows how to hunt and can obviously fly pretty freaking well! Leave it alone. It's not yours to recover.

  20. I hope the only reason they are looking for the eagle is to insure he was not injured when he flew into and made the hole in his enclosure. I too would like to know he is not injured, but pray he will be allowed to live in freedom if all is well.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Keep on keepin' on buuurrrrrrrdddd!!!!

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