Carson and Stripe, two bald eagles, will be allowed to remain at the Buffalo Zoo for the anticipated opening of the Arctic Edge exhibit next year.

The eagles, which both have had serious injuries that prevent them from being returned to the wild, came to the zoo in February. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service planned to send them to a Massachusetts facility before Rep. Chris Collins persuaded the federal government to let them remain in Buffalo.

“Ther was no good reason to move these bald eagles to Massachusetts when they were already in Western New York being nursed back to health, and the Buffalo Zoo was willing to give them a new, first-clas home,” Collins said.

Donna Fernandes, the zoo’s president, expressed her appreciation to Collins for his successful intervention.