Baby bald eagle hatches at National Arboretum, second expected to hatch this weekend
WASHINGTON — A baby bald eagle hatched at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington on Friday morning, and a second is expected to hatch over the weekend.
For now, the eaglet, who hatched at around 7:30 a.m. CDT, has been named DC2 and is the second eaglet to be raised in this location.
The footage of DC2’s birth was captured live on the DC eagle cam, which was installed last year, allowing bald eagle fans everywhere to keep up with “Mr. President” and “The First Lady,” a feathery pair, who nested in a Tulip Polar tree at the Arboretum in 2014.
According to the American Eagle Foundation, that was the first time a bald eagle nested in that location since 1947. Wildlife observers estimate that the nest stretches five feet wide and three feet deep.
“The First Lady” laid the first egg on February 10 and the second on Valentine’s Day this year.
The bald eagle was in danger of extinction but was removed from the endangered species list in 2007 after protection efforts, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.