Viewers distraught as baby eagle dies on webcam

2014-06-26 11:00
A still image from streaming online video shows an adult bald eagle feeding a young eaglet. (Biodiversity Research Institute, AP)

A still image from streaming online video shows an adult bald eagle feeding a young eaglet. (Biodiversity Research Institute, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Portland - Wildlife officials are defending their decision not to intervene before an eaglet featured on a webcam died.

Viewers across the country called and emailed wildlife officials asking them to step in when it seemed that the parents had abandoned the pair of baby bald eagles in a coastal Maine nest.

One of the eaglets died over the weekend.

Erynn Call, state raptor specialist with the Maine department of inland fisheries and wildlife, said it's common for eagles to die before reaching maturity. If one of the two eagles survives, then that would be considered a success, she said.

It's also the state's policy not to intervene, she said.

On Wednesday, the webcam showed the survivor getting a meal of a bird that was shredded to pieces by an adult eagle. The eaglet squawked loudly as it snapped up the meal.

The webcam is operated by the Biodiversity Research Institute, which also defended the decision to let nature takes its course.

"The general view is not to intervene", said Patrick Keenan, outreach director. "These are wildlife. They're not pets. They're generally better off in their natural surroundings."
Read more on:    us  |  environment  |  birds

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.