Napoleon's Freedom Flight

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Napoleon had come upon hard times.  He was caught in a trap, losing two talons and seriously damaging a wing.  But the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service found him and after failing to place him locally, donated the Bald Eagle that was to be called "Napoleon" to the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn New York.  That was in 1992, when Napoleon was well on in years.

The Prospect Park zoo's administration had been taken over by the Nature Conservancy, who created a natural environment for many animals in their Nature Walk section.

For years, Napoleon led an enjoyable but uneventful life in a small, open, forested area where he brought joy to visitors and gazed longingly at the nearby Prairie Dog colony.

But while Napoleon may have been disabled, his spirit remained in tact.  For years, visitors would see him exercising his damaged wing until on that eventful day of December 4, 2003, Napoleon took flight.

For five hours, zoo personnel followed him as he soared above Prospect Park, displaying the skill of his ancestors and a spirit that never faltered.  After displaying his determination to the world, Napoleon came down and allowed himself to be taken back to the Nature Walk sanctuary.

Napoleon has been subsequently transferred to the larger Bronx Zoo, where he has a large but enclosed area to live out the rest of his days.

Napoleon had proven his point to himself and others.  He can now live out his senior years in retirement and personal dignity.

These photos were taken less then two months before Napoleon proved that he was emperor of the sky.

 

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