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In the spring of 1989, a baby Bald Eagle (about 5 weeks of age) was blown from a wild nest in Louisiana during a storm. Fortunately, he was rescued by some well-meaning people who proceeded to hand-feed and raise him. Unfortunately, he experienced too much human contact at a very young age and became highly ‘human socialized.’
Challenger became a very well-trained gloved educational Eagle, used to educate people about the importance of protecting his species. Then one day AEF Founder Al Cecere had a vision: what if he could train Challenger to perform dramatic free-flight demonstrations during the Star Spangled Banner?
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