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It’s one majestic traveller.
TSA agents at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina recently inspected a bald eagle named Clark who was traveling with his handler.
On Thursday, the TSA Southeast Regional Twitter account posted a photo of Clark and his handler walking through the security line.
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“TSA officials are used to seeing uniformed eagles over their shoulders, but I’m sure the team at @CLTAirport Checkpoint A saw the real thing earlier this week, and they did a double take.
“Our special guest is Clark the Eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary who decided to rest his wings and fly a commercial,” the agency said in a second tweet. We notified them and we inspected him and his handler.”
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The tweet continued: “Clark has been trained to spread his wings and even showed off a little during the screening.
Those who responded to the tweet were in awe of the bird.
“Breathtaking,” one person tweeted.
Another wrote: “He’s gorgeous!”
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According to the reserve’s Facebook page, Clark was on his way home to the World Bird Sanctuary after attending a convocation ceremony to welcome a class of freshmen at High Point University.
According to the World Bird Sanctuary website, Clark is one of four bald eagles that fly around the country at various venues and events.
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According to the website, Clark was hatched at the World Bird Sanctuary in 2002 as part of a project to breed the then-endangered bald eagle back into the wild.
Clark was hatched with a scaly malformation on his feet that hadn’t been protected from the winter cold, so he stayed in the reserve while his siblings were all released, the website says.
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