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    Eagle Attacks Toddler At Zoo Show

    NewsBirds of Prey NewsMonday 18 July 2011
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    A stray eagle has viciously attacked an 18-month-old tot at a wildlife show at Sydney's world-famous Taronga Zoo. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the wedge-tailed eagle called Nonami deviated from a pre-prepared flight path during the bird show and landed on the toddler's head on Saturday at the zoo. The impact of the bird, which has a 2m wing span, left the toddler with a gash to his head and he was taken to the Royal North Shore Hospital with "superficial injuries". He was released after two hours.

    Staff from the zoo have been quick to release a statement making it clear that Nonami's attack on the toddler was not an attack - rather, it was "exploratory", and the majestic bird did not intend to cause any damage. It is the first time in three years that one of the eagles has pounced on a spectator, and staff have claimed that Nonami will not be destroyed - however, he will never be flown in public again.

    The zoo's bird show takes place twice a day and claims "it's not just trainers that can get close to the birds".Taronga Zoo is home to hundreds of rare species of birds, such as rainbow lorikeets, emerald doves, kookaburras and of course emus.

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