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One day a paleontologist was digging near the foot of a rolling hill. Paleontology is the scientific study of life existent prior to, but sometimes including the start of the Holocene Epoch. It includes the study of fossils to determine organisms’ evolution and interaction with each other and their environments.
His dig was on a lovely spring day. He had a beautiful scenery to look at on the beach of Amanda.
His responsibility was to find rare bones no one else had found for his museum. Out of the corner of his eye he noticed an eagle walking around near his dig. The paleontologist thought: That’s odd! Usually you can’t keep an eagle down very long. An eagle stays on the ground just long enough to collect its’ prey. Usually, an eagle flies way above all other birds. Why is this eagle walking?
The paleontologist continued his dig and thought no more about what he had just seen. Looking up again, he noticed the eagle was still there staring at him. He decided to walk toward the eagle to get a better look. The eagle did not fly away, it just ran behind a boulder on the beach. The paleontologist thought; that’s odd. Why didn’t the eagle fly away?
The next day, beaming with thoughts of his soon to be great find, the paleontologist went back to his dig. Again, the eagle was there. From a great distance, the paleontologist cried out: Is this your feeding ground? Do you have little ones you need to feed? Am I encroaching on your territory? The eagle looked at him, but did not run nor fly away nor did she display any signs of fear. The paleontologist thought, perhaps the bird is hurt. He knew it was extremely dangerous to get too near a wounded eagle. He thought to himself: I will get some of my students to help me. First, from afar, we will shoot and tranquillize the bird. We will then take it back to our laboratory for scientific inquiry.
They did just that. But to the paleontologist river of skepticism, they could find no damage or wrong with the eagle. It was decided among all of his students to let the bird go free. Near time for the tranquilizer dot to wear off, the students took the bird back to its’ rightful habitat and sat it free.
The paleontologist thought to himself: There is something wrong with this bird. My students are young scientist, I need season scientist to research this for me.
The paleontologist went to a meeting with all of his scientific comrades in his family of science to discuss his novelty. There would be geologist, paleontologist and archeologist there. Surely they would be sympathetic with his predicament. He wanted them to know he was still looking for the rare bones but he had been interrupted by the find of this eagle. ” dig” Magazine, a science magazine for youth and older students wanted them to find something new, fun and exciting to present on the cover of their New Years Magazine. All of the scientist sympathized with the paleontologist but there was no help they could offer him.

The paleontologist thought to himself, I can’t get anyone to help me. I will just have to do this discovery by myself. The next time I see that eagle, I will tranquillize it without any help. I will then climb to the highest peak. When the tranquilizer it about to wear off, I will
cast the bird from that peak. It will either fly or die. This mystery is driving me nuts. The paleontologist did just that. The Eagle flew for a minute then it saw a hare fleeting through the grass. The eagle swooped down to catch its’ supper and eat it. Afterward, the eagle continued her walk on the beach.
Meanwhile, everyone thought the scientist had gone mad. He had left his digging alone and was now fully committed to the eagle. It disturbed him that the eagle wouldn’t fly. He knew it could. He saw it fly with his own eyes. Why didn’t it? However, no one else saw it or seem to even care. All the other scientist had inquiries of their own.
The paleontologist decided to take a break. He thought to himself, I’ll just go fishing. He took his boat way out to the middle of the ocean. He was relaxing and enjoying himself when the eagle flew and perched at the helm of his boat. The paleontologist yelled “Go away! You have caused me too much pain!” But the eagle would not leave. The poor man brought his boat back to the dock. Exhausted, the paleontologist sat down to rest on the beach. He told the eagle, “You know I tried to kill you when I took you to the top of the mountain over there? In the sand, the eagle took her foot and wrote, “yes”. To the amazement of the paleontologist, he screamed; you have known what I have been saying all the time? Again, the eagle scrolled yes. Bewildered, the paleontologist asked: Are you the scientific find everyone has been looking for? The eagle again scribbled, yes. Even more bewildered, the paleontologist said I thought you had to be dead? The eagle scribbled in the sand, no. Then she spoke, No, that is not true. I have watched many scientist through the years look for proof of their scientific discovery. Yet, none have found it. They don’t know what they are looking for. If they found it, what would they do with their find? Put me in a cage somewhere. I am meant to be free! If they think I am cripple in some way, they will allow me to go free. I heard all of those mean jokes you told. Just like Joseph, what was meant for evil turned out for our good. The paleontologist sadly said: tell me, you can fly with the other eagles? The eagle cheerfully answered, no, I don’t fly. I soar. Now you will have a problem convincing your comrades I am the scientific find they have searched for all this time. What will you tell them? A talking Eagle told me so.
Sadly, the paleontologist slowly walked back to his museum to watch another scientist crown by The World Council of Science and Arts as today’s most famous scientist.
The Story begins as if it could be true. However, near the end you realize it is only a fairytale.
The End