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ADVISORY/Washington Mutual throws `Hatching Party' for Peregrine Falcon family; New--Sound Now Added to Video Monitor
       --(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2001--



WHAT:   A "Hatching Party" will be held for Seattle's famous Peregrine
        Falcon family. Belle and Stewart, the endangered peregrine
        falcons nesting atop the Washington Mutual Tower, will
        celebrate the arrival of their four newborns, called eyasses.

        The public is invited to stop by for cookies and coffee, and
        watch the falcons on a video monitor. Sound has now been
        added, so onlookers can also experience the chirps, screeches
        or other sounds made by the birds.

       WHERE/WHEN: Tower Financial Center
                   Washington Mutual Tower
                   1201 Third Ave.
                   Friday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

         Additional information: The newborns will remain on the nest
         for about six weeks as they develop and prepare to take their
         first flight. Stewart and Belle, named after nearby downtown
         streets, have been nesting and raising their young atop the
         55-story tower since 1995. The falcons can also be seen on
         the Falcon Research Group's website at www.frg.org. Updates
         on the birds' activities are available through the Seattle
         Peregrine Hotline:
         206/654-4423

--30--KS/se*

CONTACT: Washington Mutual
Mary Kelley, 206/377-6878