Watertown, New York:
It was eagle-eyed zookeepers who noticed first. The DNA testing only
proved what they already suspected.
The Thompson Park Zoo's American bald eagle breeding program was going
nowhere. Not with two males, anyway.
"We had our suspicions right away. The birds are virtually the identical
size," said Director Glenn D. Dobrogosz, who laughed Tuesday about the
gender mix-up that provided a comical start to the zoo's new eagle
"It happens. Not a lot. But it happens," he said.
The two American bald eagles - supposedly a male and female - arrived at
the zoo last July from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in
The two males became good buddies but zookeepers quickly realized there
would be no amorous flights for these two, Dobrogosz said.
Because bald eagle males and females share the same coloring
characteristics, it is difficult to determine gender more...
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