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Meet “Buddy”, shown here at the 2012 Eaglefest at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia. It was a very hot day and Buddy's handler had to spray him down with water to keep him cool. He seemed to enjoy it.

An eaglet hatched at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in April 2008 created a worldwide following through its on-line appearances on “Eagle Cam.” The young bird was admitted as a patient in May 2008 to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Known to the Wildlife Center staff as #08-0887, this young eagle was diagnosed with avian pox--a widespread viral disease in birds.

In August 2009, the Wildlife Center veterinarians declared that 08-0887 was non-releasable, due to a permanently malformed beak as a result of a large avian pox lesion. In April 2010, 08-0887 officially became “Buddy”--a name already familiar to many of his loyal fans. The Wildlife Center also annouced that Buddy will become a member of the Center’s corps of non-releasable education animals.

--from the Wildlife Center of Virginia website: wildlifecenter.org

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