Meet Was’aka:
Bald Eagle Ambassador

When Was’aka was found, he had a tumor that covered his left eye, making him unable to find food. While the tumor has since been removed, Was’aka remains blind in his left eye and cannot hunt for himself.

Upon arriving at the National Eagle Center, he was named for the Dakota word meaning strength. The Dakota people are the original inhabitants of the place we now call Wabasha, Minnesota.

Though not very big and weighing just over 6 pounds, Was‘aka carries a big presence. Now 17 years old, he shows visitors to the National Eagle Center that eagles come in different sizes, especially depending on where they are from in the United States.

  • Male
  • Hatched in 2006
  • Rescued in Jacksonville, Florida
  • National Eagle Center Ambassador since 2009

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