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The immensely popular eaglets in Decorah, Iowa, keep getting cuter as the fuzzy birds grow at a remarkably rapid pace -- all while being spied upon by millions of admirers via the Raptor Resource Project web cam.
But how long will the cuteness last?
I consulted with Baldeagle.com to learn more about American bald eagles and uncovered two distressing tidbits. The website stated that it's "not uncommon" for an older eaglet to kill a younger or smaller eaglet, and that eagle parents typically do not intervene during an act of eaglet fratricide.
Also, about 40% of bald eagles do not survive their first flight, and the Decorah nest is 80 feet high. The eaglets were born during the first week of April, so first flights aren't expected till at least mid-June.
By then, Eagle-Cam viewership will be off the charts. As of Monday mid-morning, more than 43 million people had checked in on the progress of the eaglets, and at the same time nearly 90,000 were watching at a given moment.
All three birds appeared healthy and were feeding heartily, thanks to the hunting prowess of their white-crowned parents. Perhaps a steady diet will keep them satisfied with the presence of one another atop the massive nest.
But fans of this real-life "Survivor" show can expect some suspenseful times ahead as they root for a happy ending to this story: for each of the junior raptors to make it off of their island alive.
-- Pete Thomas