This is really sad to hear.
[Image via WENN.]
No privacy for this mom!
Thousands tuned in as two baby bald eagles hatched live on webcam in Decoarh, Iowa, over the weekend.
But if you missed it, you can still SEE a third eaglet hatch, probably within the next 48 hours.
The first eaglet emerged shortly after 6 a.m. local time on Apr. 2, and the second hatched just after 5 a.m. on Apr. 3. The streaming video attracted more than 100,000 viewers over the weekend, so many that the site crashed for about two hours on Saturday morning.
Because the third egg was laid four days after the second, it is expected to hatch sometime in the next few days.
The proud parents have been busy keeping the chicks and their unborn sibling warm, and ripping the flesh off muskrats and other prey to feed to the nestlings. Mmmm…. delicious(ish).
When they hatched, the eaglets were covered with a uniform, light-colored down. At about 9 to 11 days old, the down will be replaced by a darker, medium-gray second down.
But don't worry, they'll still be adorable.
Our nation's bird is on the rise!
Bird watchers atop an eastern Pennsylvania ridge, Hawk Mountain, counted 407 migrating bald eagles this fall, crushing the previous record of 245 two years ago.
Following it's removal from the United States Endangered Species List in 2007, this is just a reassurance of the species remarkable comeback in the last century.
Bald eagle population declined significantly in the last two centuries due to habitat destruction, hunting, and widespread use of a pesticide DDT.
By 1963, there were only a reported 417 breeding pairs left in the lower 48 states of our country, but have rebounded to more than 10,000 pairs, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.