Expert: Savannah's last egg likely won't hatch at all

Expert: Savannah's last egg likely won't hatch at all

Expert: Savannah's last egg likely won't hatch at all

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 14 at 4:27 PM

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Experts at the Carolina Raptor Center say Savannah’s un-hatched eaglet likely won’t hatch at all.

Savannah laid three eggs this season; the first hatchling arrived last Saturday.

(Click here for the first photos of the hatchling)

On Valentine’s Day Savannah paid special attention to her eaglet feeding it often and sitting on the nest to keep the eaglet warm.  The eaglet is gaining strength each day and was observed Wednesday stretching its neck after a long afternoon nap.

(View the latest pictures of Savannah and her eaglet)

Savannah and Derek disposed of one egg, and the last remaining, experts say will probably not hatch at all.

The eaglet should have arrived on Tuesday, but has yet to make an appearance. Eagle authorities at the Carolina Raptor Center say Savannah and Derek will likely just push the unborn egg from the nest in the next few days.

(Check out what’s going on right now on the Eagle Cam!)

The surviving eaglet will remain at the Marcy’s Eagle Research Observatory through mid-March. At which time, the eaglet will be about six-weeks-old, and will be transported to a “hack tower”.

The hack tower is an artificial nest located off the Carolina Raptor Center property where the eaglet will learn how to feed and take care of itself. The eaglet will be fed through a food chute until they’re old enough to take flight.

At eight to 10-weeks old, the eaglet will be introduced to the wild when the doors of the hack tower will open. Though the young eaglet may leave the nest at this point if they’re ready to fly, many birds can be seen perching on the side of the tower, flapping their wings.

The Carolina Raptor Center staff will continue to feed the bird as long as it continues to return to the nest. This allows the eagle to practice their hunting skills, and to not starve should they not be successful in their first few tries.

The Carolina Raptor Center allows tours of the eagle observatory on the weekends. Click here for more information.

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