The Associated Press
Saturday, May 19, 2007; 10:57 PM
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- One of two eggs laid by a bald eagle at a central Illinois zoo is missing and authorities think the culprit could be a raccoon or a human.
The discovery was made Friday afternoon at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, where attendance has been up since an eagle named Beauty laid eggs for the first time in her 13 years at the zoo.
No broken egg shells were found, zoo director John Tobias said, and both eggs appeared intact Thursday.
Beauty laid the eggs during a brief visit from a wild eagle that perched in trees over the enclosure for four days in late April. If the remaining egg is fertile, it could hatch around Memorial Day.
A captive male eagle named Mathata has been helping incubate the eggs. Neither eagle can fly because of injuries they suffered before their captivity.
Raccoons live nearby but haven't been spotted in the exhibit, Tobias said. His only other theory is that a human stole the egg.
Whoever the culprit was had to have been brave to venture into the enclosure and face two protective birds, he said.
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