Cody was struck by a car as a juvenile and sustained permanent damage to the feather follicles in his right wing. Crucial flight feathers never regrew properly, so he cannot fly well enough to survive in the wild. He was treated at a rescue center in Cody, Wyoming and came to VINS in 1997.
Golden eagles are rare in our area, and even birdwatchers rarely see them in the wild. Our golden eagles prefer to keep their distance from people and perch high in the back of their enclosure, where the sunlight may shine beautifully on the golden feathers of their heads and necks.
The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation ensures that all exhibit birds have comfortable enclosures, biannual health checks, and a variety of nutritious foods. As our largest captive birds, the golden eagles require a lot of food per day, often half of a rabbit or most of a chicken.