NEWPORT NEWS — The Virginia Living Museum wants the community to help name their two bald eagles. And thanks to social media, they already have a couple names picked out.
Voters can choose from the following names: Lewis & Clark, Justice & Freedom or (Uncle) Sam & (G.I.) Joe and vote online or fill out paper ballots in the museum’s lobby.
The two male American bald eagles have been nameless for nearly 15 years and museum officials thought it was the perfect time to name them before the opening of the museum’s new exhibit, American Adventure, said Judy Triska, marketing director for the VLM.
“Historically, the Va Living Museum did not name our animals as we didn’t want to educate the public to believe they were ‘pets,'” she wrote in an email. “Times have changed and we find our guests can better connect to our animals and understand them by associating them with a name.”
The two eagles cannot survive in the wild since the smaller eagle was injured at a young age and the older eagle’s right wing is permanently damaged, Triska said.
“They will live the remainder of their lives with us,” she said. “We are their caregivers and they are our animal ambassadors.”
The Virginia Living Museum will announce the winning names at the opening of American Adventure on Jan. 19.