The golden eagle is a huge bird of prey that belongs to the hawk and eagle family. They get their name from the noticeable golden brown plumage on their head and neck. It is the second fastest animal in the world, accelerating at speeds of 200 miles per hour. The golden eagle uses its piercing talons and speed to pray on hares, marmots, squirrels and other mammals. Golden eagles have been known to eat tortoises. They fly with the tortoise held in their talons and then drop it on a rock outcrop to break the shell open.

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Location: Olivia's Eagle Canyon

Arrived at EPZ: Aquila - 09/26/2013; Goldie - 07/16/2011