DUBLIN, Ireland — An American bald eagle, found emaciated and exhausted in Ireland after apparently flying the Atlantic, may have instead been imported illegally from West Germany, Irish Hawking Club members told a Sunday newspaper.
The eagle, given the name "Eddie" and nursed back to health by an Irish wildlife ranger, was flown back to the United States first-class last month after being given an official send-off by Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey. Arriving in New York, the bird was welcomed by U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Margaret Heckler.
The eagle's plight turned the young bird into a media star on both sides of the Atlantic, and it was hailed as the first wild bald eagle ever captured in Europe.
A leading member of the Irish Hawking Club, cited by the Sunday Independent newspaper, said: "This bird was brought into the west of Ireland by a foreigner earlier this year.