HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The baby bald eaglets at Carolina Raptor Center are now one week old and getting stronger every day.
The eaglets still look like little gray cotton balls inside the nest. They rely on Savannah and Derek to feed them.
Both of Savannah’s eggs hatched this year. The first egg hatched on Friday, March 4. The second egg hatched Sunday, March 6.
The eaglets act like siblings in the nest. While we were there taking pictures, one eaglet pecked the other while Savannah was away from the nest knocking the eaglet over.
“They're going to grow up incredibly fast. It's going to be amazing to watch over the next 6-8 weeks,” said Mathias Engelmann, senior rehab coordinator at Carolina Raptor Center.
But at one week old, the eaglets are still very fragile. Savannah and Derek will continue to sit on the eaglets to keep them warm.
In the next few weeks the eaglets will be large enough to regulate their own body temperature and they won’t need the protection of Savannah and Derek. But the next two weeks are critical for the eaglets to survive.
“We want to release them, that’s the goal, to get healthy birds,” Engelmann said.
But just like in the wild, not every young survives.
“We’ll keep our fingers crossed for the next 10 weeks,” Engelmann said.