Baby Eagle Dies on Webcam

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | June 26, 2014 | 9:31 AM EDT

Wildlife officials in Maine chose to not intervene when parent eagles abandoned their young in a coastal Maine nest over the weekend.

Viewers of the Biodiversity Research Institute’s webcam called and emailed asking officials to intervene after it appeared that the eagles had abandoned the pair of baby bald eagles. 

Over the weekend, one of the pair of eaglets died.

Apparently it's common for eagles in the wild to die before reaching maturity and Erynn Call, state raptor specialist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said it's state policy not to intervene.

"These are wildlife. They're not pets. They're generally better off in their natural surroundings," said Patrick Keenan, outreach director at the institute.

Yesterday the webcam showed the surviving baby eaglet getting a meal from an adult eagle. The eaglet squawked loudly as it ate the shredded bird pieces that the adult eagle provided.