Environment & Science

Wild bald eagle lingers around female at OC Zoo

It could be romance, loneliness or just curiosity, but a wild bald eagle can't seem to stay away from another one kept in captivity at the Orange County Zoo.

The Los Angeles Times said Sunday that since last weekend the wild eagle has made daily appearances at the small zoo in Irvine just outside the exhibit of Olivia, a female bald eagle with an eye injury that prevents her release.

It may be a matter of mating attraction. The wild eagle's smaller size suggests he's male - but zookeepers can't be sure.

The zoo is also near a creek that is currently teeming with fish and could have attracted the rare wild bird.

Bird watchers and photographers have been flocking to take a look at the pair, who can get within 15 feet of each other.

Information from: Los Angeles Times.

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