Some further tests have been done with Zen and it is confirmed his vision is not good enough for him to be released.
We are desperately trying to place him with an eagles heritage sanctuary down south - problem is, it is very common for wedgetails to come in and not a lot of places that take them in.
To be honest, a heck of a lot of people can't 'handle' wild eagles - they can be extremely dangerous - the Perth Zoo said outright 'no'. A handler there got attacked by an imprinted eagle when he was feeding him...the eagle flew at him, talons first when he enetered the enclousure and pinned him to the side of the cage - talons went through his arm and pinned him to the wire behind. Guy was in a very bad way, eagle had to be sedated with a gun before he could be rescued and he had to be hospitalised. They dont have any eagles there anymore. If you ask me - the person feeding was obviously at fault in some way - you NEVER show an eagle food in your hand(as he did) or they will attack you to get it.
Anyway...Ive been trying to convice this place down south that Zen woulod be suitable as a lifelong resident due to his nature - he would tolerate people coming (tourists) in close to his cage etc and so far has shown very little agression. They are very experieneced with eagles down there, fingers crossed.
Will post on Puffin v soon - am trying to find some photos of him!!