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Bald eagle dies after attack at National Zoo

Washington-AP -- A bald eagle died at the National Zoo on the Fourth of July, apparently after being attacked by a large cat.

Zoo officials suspect that a bobcat got into the eagle's enclosure and took advantage of the fact that he couldn't fly. Officials speculate the eagle was injured in a fierce rainstorm earlier in the week.

The male eagle died the same day that the zoo celebrated a new exhibit designed especially for bald eagles hurt in the wild. The dead eagle was housed separately from the zoo's two new eagles that were donated by the American Eagle Foundation based at singer Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park.

The death is the latest in a series of animal deaths at the zoo and comes shortly before the start of an independent review requested by Congress.

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