Bridgeport police find eagle that fell, vanished from Barnum Museum dome


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — The eagle has landed back at Barnum Museum after the statue fell from its mount on top of the building and disappeared over the weekend.

Museum officials said that the historic statue, which has been the museum’s crown jewel since 1893, has been found and returned thanks to the Bridgeport Police Department.

The gold bird had graced the dome of the Bridgeport museum for over 100 years, but fell from its place at the top of the building likely on Saturday and vanished for a short time.

“About a week ago, we got a phone call from somebody on the street saying, ‘hey it looks like the eagle on top of the dome shifted,'” Kathleen Maher, Executive Director Braum Museum said.

When the building closed on Friday evening, the eagle had been bent on it mount from Thursday’s severe wind gusts, yet it was still intact and flying above the museum.

Museum officials planned to fix the eagle but it was too late. The eagle had left the building.

After combing through video, the museum was eager to recover the eagle, which is gold-colored, made of brass and has an 8-foot wingspan.

It’s unclear where the statue was found but it’s now back at its home at the museum.

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