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Why a famous baby eagle's death may not be so bad

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Why a famous baby eagle's death may not be so bad

By Warren Wright. CREATED Feb 4, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A newborn baby eaglet's life - and death - has now unfolded on camera for the world to see.

Since September of 2012, the Prichett family has set up cameras focused on an eagle's nest on their property in North Fort Myers.
 
Two chicks hatched this year.
 
But, over the weekend, there was disappointing development for the many Southwest Floridians who've been watching the "eagle cam" view of the nest with interest. 
 
E-3 - the name giving to one of the baby eagles, called eaglets, died. 
 
Right now, it's hard to know why. 
 
Because of strict federal laws, no one is allowed to go near the tree top nest during nesting season.  
 
But the remaining eaglet, named E-4, seems to be growing stronger every day.
 
Wendy Blyveis is a fan of the eagle cam.
 
"I have it up on line most of the time when I'm awake," she says.
 
"Mostly to just check to see what's going on," adds Wendy.
 
"The feedings are very exciting."
 
Wendy says she was sad to see when the other eaglet, E-3, suddenly died on Sunday. 
 
She and many of the others in the crowd who gathered near the nest Tuesday, say they understand that nature can be brutal.
 
Steve Masek with Calusa Nature Center is one of a handful of people in Florida permitted to handle American Bald Eagles. 
 
So what went wrong with E-3?
 
Masek says it was an aggressive eaglet.
 
It might have literally bit off more than it could chew, possibly choking to death.
 
"In nature only the strong survive and sometimes that's not always true as well," says Steve.
 
"Sometimes you'll lose both babies."
 
Sometimes you'll just lose them in the egg and they never hatch," he adds.
 
"You just never know what nature is going to provide for you."
 
And the eagle cam is showing nature marches forward - making the most of every situation.
 
The camera has recorded one of the adults taking plucking feathers from the dead eaglet and adding them to the nest.
 
Fans of the website hope Ozzie and Harriet will return next year to hatch another family.
 
"I actually saw E-4 hatching," says Wendy.
 
"It's egg opening up and the eagle coming out."
 
"To follow something from birth through independence, its exhilarating," she says.
 
 "It's fun!"
 
Nesting season is from October to the first of May.
 
 
 

 

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Warren Wright is a video journalist for FOX 4.