Regardless of the animal species, all mothers want the best for their little ones. Even in the worst possible situations, a mother’s will and determination to provide the best for their children remain the same. Needless to say, they will do whatever it takes to protect their children, no matter what challenges life throws at them. This is also such a heartwarming story that shows the extent of a mother’s love.
Bella and Smitty are a bald eagle couple living in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Their nest is located 100 feet up in a huge sycamore tree close to the Potomac River. Since 2011, they return here annually to take care of their little ones.
Eagles are incredible at parenting. They sit on their eggs day and night, guarding them continuously. 80% of the time, it’s the female eagle who guards the eggs while the male does the hunting and fishing. After laying eggs, the parents have to incubate the eggs through all sorts of environmental conditions such as snow storms and freezing rains. However, no matter how severe these difficulties get, mama eagle fulfills her duty.
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Thanks to their thick down feathers, eagles can survive extremely low temperatures. If their nest is threatened by someone, they fight them using their talons and sharp beaks.
If the eggs are to hatch successfully, they should be incubated with care. The female eagle ensures that the eggs are always in contact with her brood pouch. Every hour, she turns the eggs so that they will be evenly heated. In addition, the dry grass act as comfortable bedding for the eggs.
The eagle nest live stream on the National Conservation Training Center has been keeping the world updated about Bella and Smitty. So, what are your thoughts about their overflowing love for their babies? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.