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The Regal Eagle

June 20, 2012

Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s me, Lily, and I hope you’re having a great week, day, month, year…you name it! And speaking of years, it was on this day 230 years ago (in 1782) that the bald eagle was picked to be the emblem on the Great Seal of the United States. I asked Cherry-Ot why the eagle was chosen, and she said that there are a few different reasons. First, eagles are one of biggest and strongest birds. Their wingspan can be 4 to 8 feet all the way across! That’s huge! Also, the birds are said to represent freedom because they are free to fly wherever they choose, and many people feel that they look noble. And some people believe that during one of the first battles of the Revolution, some eagles were awakened by the noise, and they circled high in the sky above the soldiers, crying out to the men below.

Since the eagle was picked to be the national bird of the United States, the eagle’s on many of our coins like the quarter, the half dollar, and the silver dollar, just to name a few. How cool is that? I think Dr. Duck Ling is the most proud of his feathered friend. It would be pretty awesome to be on a coin. Maybe the Hospital Critterz will be on coins someday! And don’t forget…have a critterrific day!

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