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National Aviary's Steller's Sea Eagle Escapes from Pittsburgh habitat

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Steller's sea eagle at National Aviary

PITTSBURGH-- Crews from the National Aviary in Pittsburgh and volunteers are searching for an escaped Steller's Sea Eagle that escaped from the Aviary's habitat on Saturday.

Aviary officials tweeted an announcement about the escape indicating the large eagle named Cody was on the loose on the North Side and adjoining city neighborhoods.  

"While our efforts continue, it is important to note that eagles are very resilient birds, and in the wild, they do not eat every day," they wrote. "Kodiak is in excellent health and body condition, and this species is acclimated to a multitude of weather conditions."

They ask the public not to try to catch or chase the eagle if they see him.

They want anyone who sees him, call 412-323-7235.

Steller's Sea Eagles are native to northeastern Asia.  They feed on fish and waterfowl.  They are among the largest raptor species in the world.

Officials explained on social media that the eagle's habitat appeared to have been "recently compromised in one area — this is highly unusual, and while we continue to investigate, we may never know exactly what happened."

Pittsburghers have been sharing encounters and sightings of the eagle on Facebook and other platforms.  

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