Hatched! Last Baby Eagle Hatches Live on the Web
Like most reality stars, these cute chicks became famous without doing much of anything.
But ifِ you’re a bald eagle, justِ beingِ is moreِ than enoughِ to draw a crowd.
A wildly popular webcam hasِ beenِ focused onِ the eagle’s nest inِ Decorah, Iowa.
The eagle parents haveِ beenِ willing exhibitionists, ignoring theِ camera whileِ takingِ turns sitting tight onِ top ofِ their newborn chicks andِ final egg — withِ theِ occasional pecking atِ anِ upturned muskrat carcass.
The second eagle chick hatched a day later around the same time.
There’s plenty ofِ room inِ the nest forِ the family — a good thingِ becauseِ the chicks won’tِ beِ leaving anytime soon.
Perched 80 feet (24 meters) high, theِ nest isِ aboutِ 6 feet (1.8 m) across, andِ the sameِ distance deep.
In otherِ words, theِ nest isِ larger thanِ anِ old Volkswagen Beetle.
Watch the eagle chicks live on the webcam here.
Email OurAmazingPlanet staff writer Brett Israel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Brett Israel wasِ a staff writer forِ Live Science withِ a focus onِ environmental issues.
He holds a bachelor’s degree inِ biochemistry andِ molecular biology fromِ The University ofِ Georgia, a master’s degree inِ journalism fromِ New York University, andِ has studied doctorate-level biochemistry atِ Emory University..