(Sometime in the very near future.)
The last bald eagle on Earth has died. America's national symbol since 1792 is now officially extinct.
The bald eagle, on the brink of extinction earlier, had been on the endangered species list, but its comeback to 14,000 in number by early 2007 under the protection of that act, warranted its removal from that list. The eagles were then transferred to the less vigilant Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Protection of the bald eagle then came down to George Bush and how his administration defined one word -- "disturb" -- because under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act it is illegal to disturb such a bird under the law.
Bush and Alberto Gonzales, his attorney general, decided disturbing a bald eagle would be defined as"causing permanent organ damage or loss of life" of a bird.
As more and more new building expansion overtook bald eagle lands, developers observed the eagles closely. They reported there was no permanent organ damage or loss of life observed due to new homes and shopping malls. But sadly eagle populations began to decline again until reaching a point of no return.
This past Monday in New Jersey, the last surviving bald eagle, "Uncle Sam," an eleven year old male was found on a roadside, its remains being eaten by vultures.
Many Americans, saddened by this news, are speculating whether the national symbol's extinction might not be an omen for the future of the country.
Meanwhile, John McCain has already placed a motion before the senate to consider replacing the bald eagle as our national symbol with a vulture. As McCain noted, vultures are plentiful. "They live off the carnage of the weak, dying and dead of the world and there will always be plenty of that so long as America remains strong."