Bald Eagles Adopt Baby Hawk And Raise It As One Of Their Own


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In one of the most defying sights that nature has ever offered, a bald eagle couple adopts and feeds a baby hawk. The odd occurrence left bird watchers in Canada completely baffled as hawks are usually a food source for the massive pray birds. Actually that’s how the tiny hawk got into the eagle’s nest in the first place.

The baby hawk was meant to be food for the tiny eaglets, but beating all the odds it is now thriving after the bald eagle family adopted it. It even acts as a bald eagle. Now the red-tailed baby hawk apparently lives in a perfect harmony with its adoptive parents and its three eaglets brothers.

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David Bird of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation told the Vancouver Sun that “this counts as the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in the realm of birds of prey.” “My hypothesis is that this small hawk cried for food loudly and desperately, not even thinking about the risk,” the author said.

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A bird of prey, especially a bald eagle, seldom exhibits behavior like this. However, biologists worry about the survival of the youngster when the eaglets finally outgrow their hawk siblings and start to view it as food.

Its longevity is truly astonishing, according to professor Bird. Eagles generally feed on creatures that are weaker than them, but the problem is that he was considerably smaller.

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But even so, bird experts are confident and hope the eagles will keep the baby hawk around until it will be able to fly all by itself. But that may depends on a lot of things such food abundance or the eagles temperament.

Anyway so far so good as the three month old hawk looks in a very good shape. “The eaglets that he was raised with seem to have accepted him as another sibling, and the parents seem to have adopted him as their young,” professor Bird also said.


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