Last weekend a bald eagle literally stopped traffic in the village of Ohsweken last week. The eagle landed in the middle of Fourth Line in front of Village Cafe and the Ohsweken Baptist Church to snack on a grey squirrel.
Huxah, the name of this mischievous creature, is a 20 year old rescued bird owned by a falconer in the Simcoe area. He has been reported missing for about two weeks and has reportedly been on an adventure of sorts, showing up in photos across the Facebook feeds of people from all across Southern Ontario; once caught stealing fish from ice fisherman at Deer Point Lake and snacking on grey squirrels near Vittoria.
Huxah was rescued from a forest fire by the Cree Nation of Manitoba when he was just an eaglet. When the forest was ablaze members of that nation saw Huxah’s parents flee. In an attempt to preserve his life some members climbed to his nest, rescued him and raised him. As a result Huxah, which means ‘little boy’ in Cree, was imprinted on humans. When Huxah grew larger than the Cree Nation could handle he was transferred into the care of Ulrich Waterman, a falconer with experience caring for rescued birds.
Because Huxah was imprinted on humans he identifies his ‘person’ as his mate. A few weeks ago Waterman suffered a stroke. His daughter, Rita Waterman, believes this caused Huxah anxiety. It is mating season, so it is her belief that Huxah has literally ‘flown the coop’ to search for his ‘mate’.
Waterman’s daughter has been following tips on Huxah’s whereabouts. Although the bird is tame she advises that it is not safe to try to call him in without experience as his talons are razor sharp. Huxah is wearing leather anklets and jusses, standard wear for an eagle in care.
If you see Huxah, please feel free to share your pictures with us on our Facebook page and share this story widely in hopes we can help locate this beloved eagle and help him get home. If found you can contact us via email email@example.com or leave a message on our Facebook page and we’ll forward it along to his family.