Webcam captures struggling B.C. eaglet
Tuesday, May 17 2011 @ 09:29 PM EDT
Contributed by: karenbills
The Vancouver Island eagle nest where a young eaglet is caught in a piece of line. May 17, 2011. (CTV)
Date: Tuesday May. 17, 2011 5:56 PM PT
A baby eagle in B.C. whose birth was watched by thousands of people online has run into some trouble, and a webcam has been capturing it all.
The eaglet, nicknamed Flyer, is one of three babies in a nest in Sidney on Vancouver Island that hatched just a few weeks ago.
Last week, the largest of the chicks appeared to be struggling as though its foot or leg was snagged on something.
Days later, the baby is still stuck and fishing line may be the culprit, according to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation, which has put five cameras near nests around the province.
"Almost every eagle nest has fish line in it because it's naturally attached to a lot of the fish they find. They're wounded incapacitated fish -- perfect food for eagles," said biologist David Hancock.
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