Baby eagle followed by webcam dies, breaking hearts online
Thursday, July 15 2010 @ 06:10 PM EDT
Contributed by: jkr
Doug has had a camera installed in the nest since 2004, at which time he was approached by eagle enthusiasts who wanted to transmit the images over the Internet.
The webcam-filmed nest has been extremely popular, drawing thousands of viewers online.
"This is sad news which nobody was expecting," Doug posted on the The Eagles of Hornby Island website Thursday, following the baby eagle's death.
"We will keep you all informed at every step. The plan is to get Phoenix down from the tree to find out exactly why this happened."
At 11:13 a.m., as 2,325 people watched a live videocam, a climber wearing an orange helmet pulled the lifeless bird out of the nest.
There was an immediate outpouring of sorrow from the thousands of fans of the eagle website.