#MuseumFromHome – Day 208

Posted by Tenby Museum on Oct 31, 2020 Blog No Comments

Day 208 of our #MuseumFromHome project and as suited to Halloween, is a true horror story. It concerns a Golden Eagle specimen in the museum collection.

The story of the Golden Eagle is a tragic one. In the 1920s two Golden Eagles had been liberated on Skomer Island where one was shot almost immediately. The other, a hen, flew away to Ramsey Island near St David’s Head, making the island its home. A younger mate was found in the hope that they might breed but the older bird would not associate with her new mate.

The plan was disastrous from the beginning. The newcomer had been reared in captivity and had no ability to survive within the wild. It soon disappeared and its body was found battered and washed up on Porthgain shores. On examination it was discovered that the breeding plan had failed due to the fact that the new bird was also female. The original bird was then shot and mounted and can now be seen here.

The Golden Eagle is now protected by Schedule 1: Birds Protected by Special Penalties at all Times under the Wildlife and Conservation Act 1981.