Shishibé, a male Bald Eagle, came to us in June of 2013 after being housed at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, Missouri. He arrived with very little history in his paperwork other than he was an adult when he was brought in after being found with a broken wing. The break could not be pinned and his wing was set but he was unable to fly well enough to be released.
Shortly after he arrived the aviary staff was startled to see him laying down in the enclosure. Rushing in to check on him, they were just as surprised when he jumped to his feet when they startled him in return. Each morning it was noted that he was lying down which is generally an odd behavior for a male. As a precaution, he was given a thorough physical exam and bloodwork was done to rule out any illnesses. He was given a clean bill of health. The only conclusion seemed to be that he prefers to sleep lying down. Towards the end of summer, he was observed floating in the basin with his head bobbing barely above the water and his wings spread out across the surface. Once again the staff rushed in and again had the same result as the first incident. This is the day he earned his name Shishibé which means Duck in Potawatomi. Now that everyone knows his routine and unusual behavior he can sleep and bathe uninterrupted.