Twitter users react to TSA screening bald eagle at North Carolina airport: ‘He is gorgeous!’
He is an excellent traveler.
TSA agents at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina recently checked in a bald eagle named Clark who was traveling with his handler.
On Thursday, the Twitter account for the TSA Southeast Region posted pictures of Clark as he and his handler walked through the security line.
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“TSA officers are used to seeing an eagle on their uniform when they look over their shoulder, but I’m sure the team at @CLTAirport Checkpoint A did a double take when they saw a real one earlier this week,” the agency tweeted. ,” the agency tweeted.
“Our special guest was Clark the Eagle of the World Bird Sanctuary, who decided to give his wings a break and take a commercial flight,” the agency said in a second tweet. “His airline notified us and we investigated him and his handler.”
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The tweet continued: “Clark is trained to spread his wings, and even performs a bit during screenings.”
People who responded to the tweets were in awe of the bird.
“Beautifully breathtaking,” one person tweeted.
Another wrote: “He’s amazing!”
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According to the sanctuary’s Facebook page, Clark was on his way home to the World Bird Sanctuary after flying to welcome incoming freshmen to the High Point University convocation ceremony.
Clark is one of four bald eagles that travel around the country to fly to various locations and events, according to the World Bird Sanctuary website.
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The website states that Clarke flew into the World Bird Sanctuary in 2002 as part of a project to reintroduce then-endangered bald eagles to the wild.
Clark was afflicted with scale deformities on his feet that made them vulnerable to cold winter temperatures, so he stayed at the sanctuary while his siblings were all released, the website says.
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