A live bald eagle will serve as a mascot for Boston College at home football games this season. School officials say the tradition of a live mascot has been on hiatus for 47 years, but it returned with the help of Zoo New England and World Bird Sanctuary.
The decision has ruffled some feathers, mainly the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, who claim the treatment of the eagle is cruel and unusual.
Pictured: A bald eagle from Zoo New England looks out from the field before the start of an NCAA college football game between Villanova and Boston College at the school’s Chestnut Hill stadium. Next
PETA asked the US Fish & Wildlife Service to investigate whether BC is abiding by the law, which requires permits and an educational use for the display of bald eagles.
A US wildlife agent told the Globe that BC appears to have a legal eagle, with proper permitting and wildlife handlers. The eagle will be used to promote wildlife awareness. Next
Boston College's original "live" eagle mascot, Margo, died 47 years ago from a virus. The eagle was photographed on Oct. 18, 1960. Next
School officials say fans will be able to take photos with the live eagle mascot before games, reported the Associated Press.
Boston College will use social media to name the 9-year-old male bird. The name will be revealed at BC’s Sept. 28 home game against Florida State University.
Baldwin, the school’s other, not-so-live bald eagle mascot, will also be featured at games. Back to the beginning
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