The Loss of Liberty

May 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm 2 comments

It is with great sadness that we announced the death of Liberty, Maymont’s female bald eagle, last week. Liberty was pronounced dead by Dr. Kelly Gottschalk, the veterinarian for Maymont’s animals, early Wednesday morning. Her official cause of death will not be confirmed until necropsy (animal autopsy) results are available in about two to four weeks.

Liberty most recently suffered from a foot infection in October 2009 for which she received effective treatment, and she was returned to her exhibit in December. During her care, the veterinarian diagnosed her with an irregular heart beat unrelated to her foot treatment.

Liberty was a beautiful bird and one of the most popular animals in our wildlife collection. I know that she will be missed by our staff, especially the animal keepers who cared for her daily, and by our visitors.

Bald eagles may live up to 20 years in the wild and up to 40 years in captivity.  Because Liberty came to Maymont as an adult bird from the wild, her age was unknown.  Quincy, Maymont’s male bald eagle, is still on exhibit and doing well.

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  • 2. Sally Woten  |  May 18, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    So sorry to hear of the death of the female eagle. She was beautiful. I love the bird exhibits. My friend and I were over there the other day and walked throught he exhibit. At the vulture exhibit, one of the vultures walked over to the fence and stood there looking at us, cocking it’s head and looking very interested. I never thought much about vultures before but this bird (it looked young) seemed intelligent and friendly. It gave me a chance to really look at it and how unusual they look.
    Thanks for the exhibits!

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