RALEIGH — One of two bald eagle chicks that fell 60 feet from a nest at Jordan Lake following a storm is recovering in an incubator.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the second chick died in the fall from the nest, where a camera had been keeping watch on their growth since December. Footage from Thursday night showed rain and wind, with the two eaglets sliding off a weakened portion of the nest.
Enthusiasts have been able to watch online as the two eaglets hatched and developed, thanks to the camera installed at the lake by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The surviving eaglet is in an incubator set at 85 degrees at Avian Exotic Animal Care in Raleigh. The bird is now dry, hydrated and lice-free.
Veterinary technician Rebekah Boan said that, other than a right foot that won’t open or close and slight lethargy, the surviving eagle seems to be OK.
“We are cautiously optimistic,” Boan said.
If the eaglet seemed well enough, caretakers had planned on Saturday to coordinate her transportation to the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville. It is a big enough operation to have adult eagles who can teach the eaglet to hunt.