Bald Eagle Models Foster Parenting

Wildlife News

By: Natalie Jablonski, WXPR NEWS
Fri June 14, 2013, 9:19 am

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News
Foster dad Amp looks after four younger eagles.

This Father’s Day weekend, we take a look at a story of model parenting from an unlikely place: the world of birds.  We meet a bald eagle who’s done a remarkable job as a foster father to over a hundred and fifty orphaned chicks.

They call him Amp. 

"People are always surprised when I say we have a foster dad eagle. And they’re like, “well where’s the mom?”   Well, it would be great if we had a mom…but we don’t have a non-releasable mom .  And he does such a great job."

That’s Marge Gibson, Executive Director of the Raptor Education Group.  It’s a wildlife rehabilitation center in Antigo that takes in injured birds…and baby chicks who have lost parents.  We’re peering in through the door of the eagle compound…where right now foster dad Amp is in charge of four eaglets.

Read the rest of the story and view more photos HERE



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