Supermom raising eaglet on her own
Thursday, May 07 2009 @ 01:57 PM EDT
Contributed by: jkr
May 5, 2009 06:46 PM
By Leasa Conze
She's a supermom, defying the odds.
Bald eagles typically raise their young together, with parents taking turns foraging for food and protecting the next.
But, this female is raising her offspring all on her own.
The male disappeared a few days after the nestling hatched.
Volunteers watching over the nest saw what was happening.
Arizona Game and Fish put out extra food but she hardly touched it, instead relying more on the trout stocked in the Salt River over the winter.
"We've been keeping a close eye on this nest and we're excited that all of our management efforts are paying off," says Kenneth Jacobson, bald eagle management coordinator for Game and Fish.
"We have never documented a single adult bald eagle successfully raise their young from such an early age. This female is deserving of the title "Supermom."
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