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Bird of spray; SICK EAGLE NURSED BACK TO HEALTH WITH SWIM LESSONS.

Byline: BY LAURIE HANNA

OLIVIA the eagle has developed into a swimmer with real talon.

Carer Patty Perry found teaching the sick bird to flap about in her pool was a good way to get back her strength.

Olivia was discovered starving, half blind and unable to hunt last year. But she has made a dramatic recovery thanks to Patty. The 55-year-old has helped dozens of birds with aqua training at her California centre and is specially proud of the eagle.

She said: "Olivia loves to swim. We spend 20 minutes in the water three days a week."

Olivia, four, will never be freed into the wild as her sight is too damaged, but at least she's found a human who will go to any lengths to help...

Bald fact

The bald eagle is the national bird of the USA and appears on the seal of the president, though Benjamin Franklin preferred the wild turkey as a better representative of American values

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BEAK STROKE Patty takes Olivia for a swim; FLAPS GOOD Olivia dries off after swim
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 20, 2008
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