USA: FLORIDA: BALD EAGLE BORN AT WILDLIFE SANCTURAY
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Date: 14/03/1999 05:00 AM
Florida, United States 13 March 1999
1. Bald eagles in cage
2. Wildlife official with video camera
3. Various of bald eagles with chick on monitor
4. Eagle in cage
5. SOUNDBITE (English)
6. Chick being held
A wildlife sanctuary in the United States is celebrating the birth of its first baby bald eagle.
Officials at the Pensacola Wildlife Sanctuary believe that the tiny male eagle may be the first born in captivity in Florida.
Proud parents Apollo and Athena have been residents of the sanctuary since 1992.
The two adult bald eagles have produced eggs for the past four years.
But this is the only one to have hatched.
The 454 grammes (one-pound) chick actually hatched on March 2.
But the keepers waited until over a week before announcing their new arrival.
And for now, they're keeping a close eye on the hatchling's progress.
"When it becomes nearly as large as mom and dad, and that happens at probably about eight weeks of age, we're going to transport the baby and put it into a free wild eagle nest."
SUPER CAPTION: Cliff Owen, Veterinary
The chick has not been named yet.
And because of the delicate nature of raising a young hatchling, the sanctuary will remain closed to the public until Wednesday.