Rare harpy eagle hatches at Miami Metrozoo

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It is the national bird of Panama and is depicted on the nation's coat of arms.

It is one of the largest of the 50 species of eagles, about half the length of an average sized human.

It can reach speeds of 50 mph in flight.

In the wild, they eat opossums, and monkeys.


Meet the harpy eagle chick, the newest resident of Miami Metrozoo.

The chick, which is yet to be named, was born Sept. 22, but because mortality rates are so high for baby eagles, the zoo had to wait 30 days before announcing its birth.

"I've been sitting here for 30 days saying īPlease God let it live, please God let it live,''' said Metrozoo spokesman Ron Magill.

Miami Metrozoo is only the second zoo in the United States to hatch a harpy eagle egg. The first was hatched in 1992 at the San Diego Zoo, which is where the chick's parents used to live before being loaned to Miami seven years ago.

At first the two adult harpy eagles weren't exactly what you'd call lovebirds.

"People think, īThey're a male and female, put them together and they're going to have babies,'' Magill said. "But that couldn't be further from the truth.''


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