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A scraggly, gray eaglet amazed biologists when it emerged healthy and hungry from an egg that fell nearly 80 feet when its nest tree was cut down illegally last week in Pinellas County. The chick peeped heartily and wobbled unsteadily Monday under the watchful eye of two surrogate eagle parents at the Florida Audubon Society's Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.
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The bald eagle chick, a member of an endangered species, is as yet unnamed. Biologists won't know its sex for months, if ever. The fuzzy chick, about 3 inches tall and weighing less than a quarter of a pound, is the first bald eagle born in captivity in Florida since the s and the only one known to have survived such a traumatic fall.
Biologists gave the embryo less than a 10 percent chance of surviving because of the fall and because the egg cooled as it sat unprotected for as long as 15 hours. The egg was found by game officials investigating the tree cutting near Lake Seminole.
It's a very unique story. Biologists say the newborn chick appears healthy and hardy, but they won't feel comfortable about its survival until it has lived through the critical first 48 hours.
The egg was brought to the Maitland center on Dec. The tree was on private property in woods east of Lake Seminole. Investigators originally thought the egg was the only one in the nest.
But they have since found the remnants of a second egg that didn't survive the fall. The discovery of the second egg angered local residents who had worked to make sure the county protected the eagle pair during construction of a nearby bridge over Lake Seminole. The state Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission is investigating the crime, which is a violation of several county, state and federal laws. The job of incubating the orphaned egg fell to Prairie and T. The two birds, each missing a wing, have been producing and incubating their own infertile eggs for the past two years.
The long hatching process began Saturday afternoon when cracks began appearing in the egg, and Prairie began to change from the prone incubating posture to the more upright hatching posture.
Observers watched the drama on a closed-circuit television set used to avoid disturbing the birds. By the time center employees left Sunday night, the eaglet had cracked its way nearly three-quarters of the way around the egg. By a. Left with an infertile egg still unhatched in their nest, Prairie and T. They took turns sitting on the unhatched egg and watching the newborn. They began feeding the eaglet tiny bits of fresh fish Monday morning. They're new parents," Collins said. They're just not sure when to do it.
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Biologists determine the sex of wild birds by size, so the chick's gender won't become apparent for several months. By that time, the eaglet will be gone. In about three weeks, biologists will place the scrawny eaglet in an active eagle nest in the wild, possibly in Pinellas County. Biologists say the most natural setting is best for the eaglet. Since neither Prairie nor T.
For the release, scientists will seek a nest containing one or two eaglets the same size as the newborn. Because eagles can't count, the parents won't notice the appearance of a new baby and will take care of it as if it were their own, Collins said. The procedure has never been done with eagles, although it has been used successfully with other birds of prey, such as great horned owls, screech owls, red-tailed hawks and ospreys, Collins said.
The bird will grow quickly, changing its down coat several times within the next few days.
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By the time it is 3 months old, it will have reached a weight of about 8 pounds and a wingspan of 6 to 8 feet, Collins said. Eagles start flying at 3 months and are completely on their own by 4 months. Center employees are asking the public to help name the eaglet. Call BIRD with suggestions. If no one is arrested, money in the fund will be given to the Maitland Audubon center, Savastio said.
The money would come from fines collected when people cut trees illegally, she said. Information about the tree cutting can be reported to the state Wildlife Alert Hotline at Subscribe Manage my subscription Activate my subscription Log in Log out.
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