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Washington home is regular feeding stop for freeloading eagle

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. - Most of the birds that come around Steve and Monica Crosson's Skagit County home are happy to find feed and shelter.

The one who showed a few weeks ago isn't like the others. Perched on the roof was a juvenile bald eagle.

Eagles are usually scared of people, but the eagle they've named "Einstein" landed on Steve's truck and then on Steve. After ripping Steve's shirt, Einstein made his way to the back door. The Crossons grabbed the video camera.

"We felt like we were in an Alfred Hitchcock movie at that point," Monica said.

Not sure what to do, Monica called 911 and told the dispatcher what was happening. The dispatcher asked if she'd been drinking.

Soon the Crosson's realized Einstein was hungry and got him some salmon. Everyday since, the eagle has been coming back for more.

"He comes right up to me and I feed him right out of my hand," Steve said.

So why the nickname Einstein? The eagle was given the name after finding a Rubik's Cube in the yard.

"The bird had grabbed it and was up on the greenhouse and it looked like he was playing with it," Monica explained.

Wildlife biologists guess Einstein was hatched in captivity and escaped, or has been in close contact with humans before.

They'd like to capture him to find out, but Einstein has stayed hidden up in the trees when visitors arrive.

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