Skip to comments.TN Family Visits Shot Eagle They Rescued, Now Cared for by American Eagle Foundation at Dollywood
Posted on 11/25/2009 8:52:02 AM PST by Military family member
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An American Bald Eagle shot in Tennessee earlier this year has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving - it's flying again. But so does the family who rescued it.
In late March 2009, the immature female eagle suffered multiple wounds from a shotgun and was found and rescued by the Hornsby family in the Cumberland County area of Tennessee (Daysville).
Both the Cumberland County Sheriffs Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency were notified by Cheryl Hornsby that she and her husband Jeff and son Jacob had found an injured eagle in their yard that could not fly. Those agencies responded and made sure the bird - now named Cumberland - was picked up from the Hornsby home and received proper initial treatment.
The bald eagle "Cumberland", which was shot by a poacher earlier this year in Cumberland County, TN. The bird is recovering from numerous wounds at the American Eagle Foundation's United States Eagle Center at Dollywood.
This touching story reminds me of an incident in a California court room when a man was facing the judge on charges of having shot and eaten an American Bald Eagle.
The judge said “my God man, how could you do such a thing? Not only is the American Bald Eagle an endangered species, it is the symbol of our Country! Have you no heart?”
The man said “Judge, you are absolutely right. It was a terrible thing to do, but my family and I have been homeless and living in our station wagon for over 6 months, we’ve been collecting bottles just to try and keep gas in the tank, and we were out of food, and I saw that eagle in a tree not far from the I-5 rest area, and I got out my .22 rifle and shot it to feed my children who hadn’t eaten for three days, so I guess I plead guilty Your Honor.”
The Judge was moved, and said “Good Lord, I had no idea, and in view of your extenuating circumstances I am going to adjudicate you not guilty as you were trying to provide for your suffering family, but I caution you: don’t let me see you in here again for something like this.”
The man thanked the judge profusely as he headed for the exit, and the Judge said “just a minute, out of curiosity, what does an American Bald Eagle taste like anyway?”
The man said “Well Your Honor, it’s hard to describe, I’d say kind of like a cross between a spotted owl and a California Condor...”
Mmmmmmm ... condor!