LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — It’s fitting that online voting to help name a new bald eagle coming to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore begins on the most patriotic holiday of the year.

Starting on Independence Day, members of the general public can vote for their favorite of five names that were chosen for the 5-year-old bird by her future caretakers.

According to Jen Kottyan, the avian collection and conservation manager at the zoo, the eagle was found in North Carolina in June 2009.

“Despite the efforts to rehabilitate and release her to the wild, she was unable to survive on her own and was deemed non-releasable,” Kottyan says.

She spent the last few years at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Once her mandatory quarantine period has ended (probably in a few weeks) and the veterinarians have given her a clean bill of health, she will make her home in the Polar Bear Watch section of the zoo.

Visit the Maryland Zoo website to officially vote for your favorite name. Voting will end on July 14.


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