In their June newsletter, we received sad news from Eagle Encounters - to see what these amazing people do, check out www.eagle-encounters.co.za
Rest In Peace, Brutus
We are all heartbroken that Brutus, our beautiful, gentle-natured Martial Eagle, died recently.
Brutus came to us from a wildlife sanctuary in Dubai where Dubai Port Authorities had intercepted him and 3 other Martial Eagles. All 4 eagles had been crammed into tiny boxes marked ‘Finches’, where they couldn’t even stand up. These poor birds were being smuggled from Zambia to a collector in Europe and, according to the records; they had been squashed in the boxes for 2 weeks without food or water!
In the beginning, Brutus was very wary of us, which was to be expected considering his history. Over time, however, he grew to trust us and we had the great privilege of being able to love and enjoy this amazing eagle. Last month Brutus picked-up a rare strain of e-coli infection, which we managed to isolate and treat successfully. Unfortunately, this infection must have severely compromised his immune system because he then also contracted Aspergillosis (a lung infection) that hit him hard and we were unable to save him.
Brutus was greatly loved and will be sorely missed by all of us at Eagle Encounters. Our thanks go to Caz Knights & Nigel Fossey for being Brutus’s sponsor over the past years.
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