The eagle was at Charlotte Douglas International Airport after going through security, according to TSA Southeast.
This isn’t the first time Clark, raised in Missouri at the World Bird Sanctuary, has been spotted in public as the eagle is known for making frequent public appearances.
Appearing Sunday in North Carolina at a High Point University inmate, the bald eagle was also seen returning home on Monday the following day.
@ElijahWhosoever on social media app Twitter showed an eagle being seen passing through a TSA checkpoint at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, sharing a video that has garnered 120,000 views.
Who is Clark?
The Missouri-based World Bird Sanctuary bred Clark, according to the organization’s website, to the conservation department. Twenty years have passed since then. The website also reports that since the species was endangered at the time, Clark should have been in the wild, but he couldn’t be with his siblings in the wild as he had deformities in his legs. The reasons were that in the winter he would have to endure frostbite and loss of toes due to the cold, and his feet were unprotected from it.
How did people react to Carl’s appearance?
Later, some Twitter users wondered why Clark wasn’t stopped at the TSA checkpoint. High Point University received an amusing response in support of Clark, as it said that in their biggest freshman, he flew overhead on Sunday during the meeting, which is their official welcome ceremony for the new class at their university, and that this served as a symbol of the new start.
Clark has received performance and event training as he is one of the World Bird Sanctuary’s flying ambassadors given the eagle is in captivity.
The Sanctuary website also has a summary of the bald eagle, which is quite brilliant. It includes special appearances he made at Chicago Bears football games and a flyby during the national anthem during St. Louis Cardinals. The website also states that for any event, you can rent an eagle for a minimum of $29-$129.
More about Spotting Clark
On Wednesday, Mark Howell, regional TSA spokesman, posted several photos of Clarke in which he noted that TSA officers are familiar with the look of an eagle when they look over their shoulder at their respective uniforms. However, he was certain that the @CLTAirport team had double-checked when they spotted a real eagle earlier that week. The pictures were posted on the official TSA Southeast Twitter account.
Tiffany Valdez told The Washington Post that for some exceptions that allow multiple animals to travel by plane, the company works on a case-by-case basis with animal welfare organizations. He is a spokesman for Southwest Airlines.
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