Maryland Zoo asking public to choose name for new bald eagle

Five-year-old female was found in North Carolina but can't be released back into the wild

July 04, 2014|By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Zoo is calling all birds of a feather to help name its new bald eagle.

The contest, which opened on Independence Day and runs through July 14, is asking the public to name its newest avian resident, a female eagle found in North Carolina in 2009 that is estimated to be about 5-years-old.

Though efforts were made to rehabilitate the bird, it was determined that she wouldn't be likely to survive if released back into the wild, according to the zoo's website.

The zoo's staff previously selected five finalists: Annie (for gunfighter Annie Oakley), Scout, Sioux, Migisi (the Chippewa word for "eagle") and Vega (the constellation known as the "swooping eagle"). To vote, visit

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