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Missing Connecticut bald eagle has been found

February 11, 2020 GMT

ASHFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bald eagle missing from a Connecticut raptor rehabilitation center and feared stolen has been found.

The Horizon Wings Raptor rehabilitation and education center announced Tuesday on Facebook that Atka, a 10-year-old male eagle that cannot fly because of a permanent shoulder injury, was found on the organization’s Ashford property.

No additional details were disclosed.

Atka went missing between late Sunday afternoon and about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Mary-Beth Kaeser, owner and founder of the nonprofit, found Atka missing when she went to feed him Monday morning. She found the door to his aviary open and the lock on the ground.

She said it was possible that the aviary had been left open and he just hopped away.

The center said the investigation by Connecticut State Police and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is ongoing.

Atka came to the center about nine years ago and is used in its education programs.