Why is he here?
When Was’aka was found he had a tumor over his left eye and was unable to find food. The tumor has since been removed, but he is blind in his left eye and cannot hunt for himself.
The name Was’aka means strength in Dakota. The Dakota people are the original inhabitants of the place we now call Wabasha, Minnesota.
At just over six pounds, Was‘aka offers visitors to the National Eagle Center an excellent example of size differences among eagles from different parts of the United States, as well as the difference in size between males and females.
Hatched in 2006
Ambassador since 2009
In this video clip, Was’aka catches a minnow during one of the regular enrichment activities offered by our eagle care staff. Enrichment activities are an important part of the care and husbandry of these permanently injured, non-releasable birds.