"…As I came down the stairway and walked in front of the eagle fresco I looked over and thought someone was playing a joke. There was an eagle on the ground in the same wings-extended pose as the eagle on the building and it was looking up at the building. Surely it must be stuffed! Then, as I looked on in puzzlement it blinked."
Turns out the eagle had been wounded in some kind of a fight, and it died a day later at animal rescue center.