The San Diego Zoo Plays Mother Hen to a Baby Eagle
updated 05/27/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/27/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Zoo officials had high hopes for the female hatchling, named for a keeper who died a few years ago. The first bald eagle born at the zoo in 32 years, Hank had not yet hatched when she was rescued from her parents, who had already destroyed one egg. This summer Hank was to be set free on Santa Catalina Island.
Although keepers fed Hank fish and chicken pieces with the help of a makeshift hand puppet, Hank weakened, and on Mother's Day she died.