Fuzzy: Golden Eagle
Fuzzy was found on the ground, a mile south of Vasco Cave near Altamont Pass, California, near the windmills that generate electricity. She had apparently flown into the propellers and had crashed to the ground, unable to fly. She was transferred to CRC on March 31, 1995.
Fuzzy suffered from fractures of the left wing and underwent two surgeries and months of physical therapy. She was ruled non-releasable by the middle of 1996, since she could not maintain flight when tested on the flight-line.
Since Fuzzy was so relaxed around people and so calm while being handled and treated, our volunteers said all she needed to be the picture of comfort was a pair of pink fuzzy slippers. So they began calling her "Fuzzy", and the name stuck. Not the most elegant moniker for a mighty bird of prey at the top of the food chain!
Fuzzy has been a display bird since she arrived, and is most often seen hanging out in the cubby at the top of her cage. She will fly to the ground to get her food (a delicious rat), but she usually takes it back up to eat in her aerie.
We know Fuzzy is a female because she is huge (as befits a female Golden Eagle), and because she has laid eggs (non-fertile and therefore no baby eagles inside). Along with her next-door neighbor, Aquila, she greets visitors at the entrance to the visitor area and is a fine representative for birds of prey and for the California Raptor Center.
In the wild, Golden Eagles can live to age 20; in captivity, they can reach 50 or more.Adopt This Bird!