Long asks National Zoo to help save injured bald eagle in Springfield

Posted on January 15, 2015 10:08 am CST

Springfield News-Leader
By: Wes Johnson

That blind-in-one eye bald eagle at Dickerson Park Zoo probably didn't see this coming.

U.S. Rep. Billy Long has asked the director of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. to help find a home for the injured eagle, which was rescued from LaClede County a month ago and brought to Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield.

In an email to the News-Leader on Wednesday morning, Long said he reached out to his friend, National Zoo Director Dennis Kelly, for help.

"I actually texted him as soon as I saw your story at 6:11AM EST and he responded with 'I will look into this. Maybe we can help in some way. My staff is calling Dickerson Park Zoo today to explore several options. I will update you as soon as we know more'," Long wrote in his email.


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