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Bald eagle, unable to fly after being shot, victim of birdnapping

(CNN) – The Quogue Wildlife Refuge in New York is one resident short after Sammy  the bald eagle was stolen from his habitat.

The federally protected bird was taken from his cage early July 16, the refuge says. The thief cut through two layers of fencing to get to Sammy and carry him out.

The Suffolk County SPCA released surveillance video from the night of the birdnapping that shows a person walking through the parking lot with some sort of package and driving away.

Sammy cannot fly, as his right wing was partially amputated after he was shot in 1988. He was rescued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and taken to the refuge, where he has lived for 31 years.

“Our main concern is the eagle’s safety and welfare,” Quogue Wildlife Refuge Assistant Director Marisa Nelson said in a statement. “We are hoping Sam is safe and will be returned so he can live the rest of his life out at his home.”

Sammy is thought to be about 35, and bald eagles can live up to 50 years in captivity.

“OUR BALD EAGLE WAS TAKEN AND IS MISSING!” the refuge posted on Facebook. “He will be stressed and cannot survive without our care. We want him back unharmed. It is a federally protected bird and cannot survive in the wild as he has an amputated wing.”

The Suffolk County SPCA, the Nassau County SPCA and Suffolk County Crime Stoppers have banded together to offer a $15,000 cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

“I do not know who took Sam or why, but someone could’ve taken him because they were interested in having him specifically, or because they were interested in his feathers as unfortunately there is a black market for bald eagle feathers,” Nelson wrote in an email to CNN. “These birds are federally protected, and you need both state and federal permit to have one in your possession, and it is against federal law to even have 1 feather of a bald eagle.”

The possession of a bald eagle is a federal offense and punishable by fines and prison time.


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  1. Arinze obiageli

    that’s just too bad

  2. Egbuwalo Teniola Glory

    Too bad

  3. Nwoye Chisom precious

    So sad

  4. Onuorah Adaeze Chidimma

    Hehe… I feel sorry for the bird ooo


    Innocent bird, so sorry.

  6. Igbokwe Chioma Helen

    I pity such bird

  7. Ebulue Ruth Oluchi

    Eyaa!! too bad

  8. Chukwuma Helen chioma

    I feel pity for the bird

  9. Iloebunem Emily Ebele

    What a term!!! Birdnapping!!! Never heard of it.

  10. Okeke Chioma Onyinye

    So Painful

  11. Anagbogu Mary Ifeyinwa

    I feel for the bird

  12. Okeke Chiamaka Gabriella

    This is really bad

  13. Micheal Nwazuloke

    They wan chop the bird

  14. Ezenwajiugo Somto prosper

    This is touching

  15. Chiekwe Blessing. N

    It’s sad to hear about the kidnap of the bird.

  16. Crystal Chinelo Erokwu

    People really value animals

  17. Ezeifeka Emmanuella

    Wow I just learnt a new word “birdnapping”

  18. Omenuko Adaobi Promise

    Poor bird

  19. Chidozie Chiazokam Jennifer


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