A 29-year-old bald eagle died at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Jan. 23.

A 29-year-old bald eagle died at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Jan. 23.

Barbara, who has been at the zoo since 1988, was found on the ground by zoo staff and taken to the zoo's animal health center on Monday, a release from the zoo said.


The eagle was unresponsive and radiographs found she had an enlarged heart. She died during the examination.

Barbara was hatched in the wild in 1982, but was transported to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 1988 after she reportedly attacked a Boy Scout on Catalina Island, the release said.

Between 1992 and 2000 Barbara and the zoo's former male eagle, George, raised 16 eagles. Some were released into the wild in Ohio, Tennessee, New York and Indiana, the release said.

The zoo still has seven-year-old Cheyenne, who has an injured wing. The zoo is in search of another eagle in need of a home, the release said.