Challenger

I got this from an old friend who obviously feels the same way as I do about our country. While the video IS about the bird, it is also about what the bird represents.

‘Challenger’ is his name (in honor of the lost space shuttle crew) & is cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF).
He’s a ‘human-socialized’ bird accidentally raised by the people who rescued Him – after being blown from a wild Louisiana nest in a storm as a baby in the late 1980’s. Declared ‘non-releasable’ by federal and state wildlife Authorities, he was trained by the AEF to perform educational free-flight demonstrations at high profile public events.
He’s the first Bald Eagle in U.S. History that learned to free-fly into Stadiums, arenas and ballrooms during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. The celebrity eagle has appeared at numerous major sporting events like the World Series, Pro-Bowl, All-Star game, BCS National Championship, Fiesta Bowl, Men’s Final Four, etc.
This eagle named Challenger has also flown before 4 U.S. Presidents!
His life story is told in a children’s storybook
I did a little Googling and found that Bald Eagles live about 25 years in the wild and 40 to 50 years in a controlled environment, so there is a very good chance “Challenger” is still with us.  Hat tip to Bill Bish for sending this.

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