This statue of an eagle was stolen from a residence on Highway 97A in Enderby

This statue of an eagle was stolen from a residence on Highway 97A in Enderby

The eagle had landed back homes

Gloria Morgan's spiritual Splatsin eagle statue returned

Spirits have soared for an Enderby woman.

Gloria Morgan’s metal eagle sculpture was returned overnight Thursday after being stolen from her Highway 97A home Tuesday.

“I looked and there was the eagle on the lawn, beside the broken post.  It was laying on its back, looking up at the sky,” she said.

As a member of the Splatsin First Nation and a former chief, Morgan considers the eagle cultural and spiritually significant.

“My heart soared, like an eagle. I could not believe my eyes,” she said of the return of the ornament.

“My heart seemed like it filled up with warm liquid that spread to the rest of my body and mind. Thank goodness someone had a heart and a conscience.”

The eagle was damaged during its disappearance — two claws are missing and the feathers are bent.

“They hacksawed the post off the bottom,” she said.

“Otherwise it is OK and we will put it up again after we repair it and make it look shiny and powerful again.”

Morgan hopes those involved in removing the eagle, and particularly if they are also the ones who returned it, have learned a life lesson.

“I just ask whoever took it, ‘Please don’t take things from other people.’  I would also say to them, ‘Thanks,’” she said.