Dolly Parton

The Eagle lives

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) – Dolly Parton visited the woods overlooking Douglas Lake near the Great Smoky Mountains in designer buckskins and 4-inch heels. But she knew she wasn’t the star of this show. It was a young American bald eagle.

The eagle was blown from its nest several weeks ago in Florida. On Thursday, it was returned to the wild by the American Eagle Foundation, which is based at the 62-year-old singer’s Dollywood theme park.

Some 90 eagles have been released from the same spot since the 1990s. But this marked the first time that their country music benefactor had seen it in person.

Before she helped open the cage and watched the bird soar away, Parton named it “Liberty.”

“I thought that sounded better than Baldy,” she said.


2 Responses to “Dolly Parton”

  1. Rebecca H Says:

    We visited Dollywood’s American Eagle Foundation for the first time last year, and it was spectacular. The eagles live in aviaries built on the hillside, large enough to fly in for those that are able to fly. One of the eagles also appears in a nightly show at Governor’s Palace (?) Theater. I think his name is Mr. Lincoln, but don’t quote me on that. I had never seen a bald eagle that close before (the handler had him in the lobby after the show, and he is magnificent). His sole act is to fly across the auditorium, and hearing the audience gasp brought a tear to my eye. The Foundation is doing great work there, as they’ve returned many, many breeding pairs to the wild (and provided sanctuary to those that can no longer survive in the wild).

  2. tizona Says:

    The show at Governor’s Place the Eagle there, as well as Dolly’s place are indeed magnificent, Rebecca.

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