The 'Burgh loves its birds


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Pittsburgh loves Penguins, and we have had Condors as well. Last year, a giant rubber duckie captured our attention. And now, a couple of urban-dwelling eagles are being watched across the world via streaming video.

Life in the wild is serious business, but it's hard not to draw comparisons.

ENVIRONS

Duck: Shore of the Allegheny River.

Eagles: Atop a big tree in Hays.

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES

Duck: Bright yellow. Rubber. 40 feet tall.

Eagles: Weighs 8-12 pounds. Cool white feathers. "Bald" never looked so good.

LOVE LIFE

Duck: No other giant rubber ducks around. Duck is of unknown gender.

Eagles: Eagles often mate for life, and these have eaglets to boot. To quote "Arrested Development's" George Michael, "what a fun, sexy time" for them.

DRAMA

Duck: Uh, floats on the water.

Eagles: Raccoon attacks!

READY FOR A CLOSE-UP?

Duck: The waterfowl everyone wants to take selfies with.

Eagles: Are you kidding? They are 24/7 camera-ready.

MERCHANDISING OPPORTUNITIES

Duck: T-shirts, beach balls, little rubber duckies, stickers, marshmallows ...

Eagles: None ... yet.


Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.

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