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Honor the eaglet takes first flight at National Arboretum

Fully recovered from an embarrassing incident in April in which she had to be rescued after falling out of her nest, Honor the eaglet took flight Thursday from her nest at the National Arboretum for the first time.

Honor took off at 9:09 a.m., according to the American Eagle Foundation, a Tennessee-based organization that monitors the nest, and returned at 9:40 a.m. The 12-week-old eaglet may have been emboldened by her sibling Glory, who previously “fledged,” as the experts put it.

Honor and Glory were born to bald eagles Mr. President and the First Lady in March. Eagles fledge when they are 10 to 14 weeks old. Although eagle-watchers had high hopes, Honor did not fledge in time for American Eagle Day — June 20.

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“Honor’s launch from the branch and first flight was perfect and intentional,” the foundation said in a statement. “While the nest was empty, Mr. President delivered a fish, which Glory was happy to eat while Honor was away enjoying the freedom of her inaugural flight.”

The American Eagle Foundation will continue to monitor the eagles, checking how often they return to their nest.