See Washington's Hatchling Bald Eagles That Have the Internet Cooing
The once threatened bald eagle has made a dramatic recovery in the United States and how better to celebrate the soaring symbol of America than by elevating a family of the majestic birds to internet stardom right in the nation's capital?
A mated pair of bald eagles that took up residence in Washington, DC's National Arboretum in 2014 are now the proud parents of two newly hatched eaglets.
And with the help of a live streaming camera, the pair--dubbed Mr. President and The First Lady--and their chicks have stolen hearts across America and beyond.
Early Sunday morning, when even the most dedicated DC Eagle Cam viewers were probably asleep, the pair's second chick successfully hatched.
For those viewers who did happen to be awake, the eagle cam--born of a partnership between the American Eagle Foundation and the National Arboretum--is equipped with infrared that makes them visible online even at night.
The first eaglet, dubbed DC-2, came at a more reasonable hour on Friday morning.
The pair's first chick was born in 2015 and named DC-1. It was that chick's birth that inspired this year's Eagle Reality TV.
But the show could end up beaing too real for some. In a disclaimer of sorts, the site notes:
"This is a wild eagle nest and anything can happen. While we hope that two healthy juvenile eagles will end up fledging from the nest this summer, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect this eagle family and may be difficult to watch."
For now, though, viewers can happily watch the male and female share caregiving duties at the nest and occassionally bring back large fish for the chicks to eat.