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Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus' new hobby: eagle naming

July 24, 2008 |  1:33 pm

Eagles Here's an an animal story with a Hollywood and a Nashville connection. Two American bald eagles named by "Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus and her country singer father, Billy Ray Cyrus, are being released into the wild today in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the home of Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park.

The Associated Press says the eagles were named Tennessee (after the Cyrus' home state) and Hope (Miley's given middle name before she had it legally changed this year).

The_cyruses_aka_eagle_namers_5 The American Eagle Foundation, which hatched the now 14-week-old eagles this spring, has released more than 90 eagles from Dollywood since the 1990s.

But get this: The two celebrities aren't even going to be on hand to see them released. Unleashed is also wondering how useful those names will be now that they'll be in the wild.

--Tony Barboza

Photos: American Eagle Foundation; Chris Pizzello/Associated Press

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