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Tangled eaglet triggers pleas for help

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 Webcam drama ends happily


The smallest of three bald eagle chicks in a Sidney nest equipped with a webcam got tangled in wire Thursday evening, prompting some of those watching the drama to issue a plea for help.

The chick was able to free itself, to the relief of the Internet audience.

The entanglement occurred less than two weeks after a chick at a nest on Hornby Island, which is also wired with a webcam, died after getting caught in the mother's feathers.

There's nothing anyone can legally do when the bald eagle chicks appear to be in peril, said David Hancock, whose Hancock Wildlife Foundation operates the cameras.

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Internet followers of eagle cam watch helplessly as eaglet dies in B.C. nest

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Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2009 | 7:19 PM PT Comments118Recommend62

An eaglet, known as Echo, got entwined around its mother's feathers on Monday and later fell to the ground to its death.An eaglet, known as Echo, got entwined around its mother's feathers on Monday and later fell to the ground to its death. (Hancock Wildlife Foundation)

The smallest of two eaglets in a nest on Hornby Island, B.C., that wildlife enthusiasts have been observing online via a webcam has died after getting caught in its mother's feathers and falling to the ground.

The nest, located on a tree top, has a webcam installed above it. Thousands of visitors to the site that hosts the webcam watched helplessly as the event unfolded around 8 a.m. on Monday, said Karen Bills of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. The webcam is part of the foundation's efforts to promote the conservation of wild habitats through science and education.

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Popular dolphin dies at Vancouver Aquarium

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Updated Thu. May. 21 2009 9:32 PM ET

Darcy Wintonyk,


A popular inhabitant of the Vancouver Aquarium has passed away.



Laverne, a 31-year-old Pacific white-sided dolphin, died May 20, 2009, after battling an infection for the last month.

Laverne a 31-year-old female Pacific white-sided dolphin, died on Wednesday night after a month long illness.


Laverne -- the oldest white-sided dolphin in North America -- came to Vancouver in July 2005 from a SeaWorld in Texas, and quickly became a favourite at the facility.



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Officer Rescues 14 Ducklings

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 May 16, 2009 9:14 am US/Pacific






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Call it a "duck and cover" rescue operation on Long Island Friday morning. An officer went above the call of duty to rescue a few ducklings stuck in a sewer grate, CBS station WCBS-TV reports.


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Lucky eagle finds help at rehab centre

Conservation & Preservation
Published: May 19, 2009 7:00 PM
Updated: May 20, 2009 1:08 PM

Last summer, Beth and Urs Schupbach, of Wildlife Raptor Rehabilitation Centre, received a phone call regarding an eagle down on McLeese Lake.

They headed out there and initiated a search, walking up and down the hills on the east side of the lake looking for the eagle.

After failing to locate the bird and being chased by an over-protective dog, they returned to their vehicle to regroup and rethink. The decision was made to start knocking on people’s doors on the west side of the lake to see if anyone had spotted this bird. After a few negative answers, one kind gentleman offered to take Beth and Urs in his boat, and they headed up the lake on the side he had been reported on


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