This is a Harpy Eagle, the largest eagle in the world! <3
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PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU PASS JUDGEMENT… This image has been shared from my FB page without the caption many times – a remarkably irresponsible and unethical thing to do because the story is important. I am the guy in the image and it was taken a number of years back. The bird was shot by an idiot before it could fly. The bullet took out one eye and severed the optic nerve in the other. This bird is completely blind. If the rehab center wouldn’t have stepped in, the animal would have starved to death. Instead, they have raised it from that young age to adulthood. It is now in a breeding program (has not bred yet) where young birds (should they be produced) will be released to protected areas. The structures around the birds ankles aren’t chains, they are jesses. The jesses are there so the bird won’t harm itself trying to fly and then running into things. Jesses are standard equipment used in circumstances like this and are not cruel in any way. Cruel would be allowing a blind bird to fly around and run into things until it finally breaks its neck. People seeing this image without the caption have freaked out about the jesses and much confusion has surrounded the image. This beautiful animal spends its days out in a huge open area with fresh air and sunshine. It is remarkably well cared for in a facility regularly breeding this species. This is a good story, not a bad one. The alternative was leaving the bird to starve to death. So when you see this image shared without the caption, and you see people getting their hackles up, please SHARE the caption and ask that folks consider the circumstances and the background story and understand that the animal is well cared for considering what happened to it….I’ll ask again, please do not share this image without the caption. If you see someone or a page who has, please share the caption in the comments.
A Lot Of The Raptors You See Like This Are Usually Injured Birds That Cannot Survive Or Hunt On Thier Own. Or They Are Handled By Licensed Falconers. So In Some Or Most Cases, These Birds Of Prey Cannot Be Turned Loose. Falconers Take Very Good Care Of These Birds To Ensure Thier Survival And So They Can Reproduce And Do Not Become Extinct!!
Come people are so stupid, this bird is NOT tied down! And is living alot longer being blind in captivity than in would in the wild!
If this bird was unhappy he would clobber his care taker in no time. If this bird was not blind he would be free, now he will live because of people who care. Thanks for sharing this beautiful bird, I would have never known about this type of bird. Amazing!
Philippine eagle. … It is considered the largest of the extant eagles in the world in terms of length and wing surface, with Steller’s sea eagle and the harpy eagle being larger in terms of weight and bulk. Among the rarest and most powerful birds in the world, it has been declared the Philippine national bird.
It’s amazing to me how many people don’t read and just ASSume this man is an Ass hole because this bird is tethered. The bird was injured and can’t be released his only chance at life is in captivity. Many Raptors that are injured by humans because ambassadors fot their species
Why is he chained I’m pissed of with people who think they have the right
Don’t look too happy to me cause he’s tied down
There are so many of our wild creatures that have been injured and now must be cared for by loving humans if they are to live out the remained of their lives. Some are even injured by stupid humans so learn the real story before you start your judgement.
Sometimes birds can not fly free. There are times when if you set an animal free you are sending it to a certain death.
A privilege to view this awesome bird. What a shame to be tethered.
He need to free that eagle. All birds should be free to fly in the wind.
BY reading the comments it is evident many people do not know much about birds yet alone injured ones! I am happy this one has a home and an experienced handler, and that it is being well cared for in this sanctuary! I am not an bird expert and am not upset it is being cared for here….in the wild it would die in a few days time being blind and unable to fend for itself. Mother Nature would cull it out for sure! In this sanctuary, it has a chance to live a long life and hopefully reproduce itself and create more of itself to release into the wild in the future! Maybe she is held here for the rest of her life, but if she can reproduce herself, the little ones can be set free in the future! Its a win win on all aspects! God bless this wonderful man!
it’s blind it was shot by hunters and blinded it’s not chained the restraints are called jesses and made of soft leather that won’t hurt him if he didn’t have them on he would hurt himself badly
That is a human statue the eagle had stuffed.
i have never heard of a HARPY eagle. he is quite something. thanks for caring for him. he is stunning. sad that he is blind.
There are so many wasted comments on this post. Many of us can’t get the back story. All it says is the largest bird in the world. I try to do some research before I comment but in this case the back story would have given us the specific needs this raptor must have to survive and what happened to him prior to his rescue. So please repost the back story as alot of us never got it !!!
Beautiful bird , sad he is chained
What about the Philippine eagle? Harpy are large but me think the Philippine eagle is larger.
Guys, this is how people learn about these magnificent creatures.
He needs to be freed to fly high!!! He’s a beautiful bird that doesnt Deserve to b chained down wth???? Free him
I’m not sure how happy he is chained….i sure the fuck wouldn’t be. Beautiful bird.
He is a beautiful bird and thank God there are people to take care of him.
Helena J. Blaire Krastman – it doesn’t say Happy Eagle, it is a HaRpy Eagle. It’s a breed of eagles I never heard of.
This is mothman in his bird form
What is the back story here? Is this bird unable to be released due to an injury?
I`m not sure about this picture, I have read all of the comments, they say for one he is blind, two he was shot, & three he wouldnt survive out in the wild, if what has been said I can understand this picture, I dont like the tying up either but if he is blind he must be taken care of, if he was set free he would just fly into everything and wouldnt last long.
Wonderful bird you are obviously doing a good job I used to run a raptor rescue I had 86 birds of prey mostly from idiots that bought them and didn’t expect to get cut bruised and bones broken by something like that they all think it has the same power as a canary fools I am now suffering from 3 huge calcified lumps in my upper left arm and shoulder so unfortunately for me I’ve had to give up working with these beautiful creatures but I miss them dearly
That is one handsome bird. I used to have a falcon for a pet and it broke my heart when he flew away. It was one of the prettiest bird pets I had. I fed it raw meat.
Harpy is a magnificent 🦅 bird! Thank you for sharing this picture. What kind of Eagle 🦅 is he?
that is one awesome bird!
Philippine Eagle is the largest eagle
This is a Harpy Eagle, the largest eagle in the world! My first to see and know what I am seeing. Thank you for sharing!
OMG 😲 This bird is HUGE!!!
Isn’t that a native bird in the Philippines?
I looked this thing up and it is real. However, the weight of the largest captive one, a female, is 27 lbs. The photo maximizes the bird’s size in relation to the man.
Whaaat an incredible and beautiful bird!
That is a beautiful bird
This is one beautiful bird!!!! I would love to see one real.
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