HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The baby bald eaglets at Carolina Raptor Center are now 2 weeks old.
The eaglets are becoming more and more active every day. On Thursday morning, one of the eaglets tried spreading its wings a few times.
Their parents, Savannah and Derek, are spending less time covering the eaglets and giving them freedom to roam around the nest and enjoy the sunshine.
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.
Savannah laid two eggs this year and both hatched -- one on March 4 and the other on March 6.
The genders of the eaglets will not be known until a DNA test is completed. That will happen in four to six weeks when the eaglets are old enough to leave the nest.
At that time the eaglets will also get a full medical work-up. Then, they'll be transferred to a "hack tower" to learn how to survive on their own.
"We want to release them. That's the goal, to get healthy birds," said Mathias Engelmann, senior rehab coordinator at Carolina Raptor Center.
The nest at Carolina Raptor Center is hidden from view from the public with black blinding material, but Savannah, Derek and the eaglets can be viewed online with our Eagle cam.
The eaglets have minimal contact with humans in order to improve their chances of survival after they're released into the wild.