HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- An eaglet at the Carolina Raptor Center is now about four weeks old and staff is preparing to transfer the bird to its new home.
The eaglet now weighs more than five pounds and is ready to start learning how to survive on its own.
In the next week or two, the eaglet will be taken to a 30-feet tall hack tower, which looks similar to a tree fort, where it will learn to live on its own and get acclimated to the wild.
A full medical examination will take place prior to the move to the hack tower. At that time staff will do a DNA sample to determine the sex.
At 10-12 weeks of age, the eagle will be ready for the doors of the hack tower to open so it can test its ability to fly. Staff members will continue to feed the eagle while it's in the hack tower.
CRC staff do not plan to fit the eaglet with a tracking device.
CRC's newest bald eagle was born the weekend of March 4. Its sibling died March 31. Medical staff examined the eaglet and found nothing abnormal.
The eyes of the world have been watching Derek and Savannah through the 35 day incubation period and during the past four weeks as the remaining eaglet has been growing from a small gray fluff ball to an almost full sized bird. The WCNC EagleCam has given eagle enthusiasts, school children and researchers a unique insight into a bald eagle nest.
WCNC has installed a solar powered camera in the hack tower to give eagle cam watchers a few more weeks of footage before it flies away.