Arnold the eagle returns home

ARNOLD, the eagle whose winter migration was monitored by environmentalists and the Slovak public, returned home from Africa on April 22.

ARNOLD, the eagle whose winter migration was monitored by environmentalists and the Slovak public, returned home from Africa on April 22.

After his long journey, however, he was greeted by an eagle couple who had taken his nest. A struggle quickly ensued, with all three eagles fighting over the territory. Afterwards, the intruders vacated Arnold’s nest, and he settled down to rest after his 8,000-kilometre-long journey.

“I give my thanks and respect to the fans of our project for their support,” Tatra National Park (TANAP) administrator Pavol Majko said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Arnold is home.”

Majko explained that Arnold’s mate probably found a new mate who attacked Arnold when he returned, SITA wrote.

In 2013 Tatra-based environmentalists captured Arnold and affixed a satellite transmitter to his back to monitor his movements. He left Slovakia on September 19, and his migration from his winter retreat in Botswana began on March 4. The trip was originally expected to last about a month, but it took him somewhat longer.

His nest is now under the surveillance of a webcam that broadcasts live on www.kukaj.sk.

Source: TASR, SITA

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