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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bald Eagle camera catches baby birds eating cat

Below is link to video of eagle bringing cat to nest, as an after thought, cat may have been road kill.

Bald eagle camera catches baby birds eating cat:

(RNN) – On Tuesday, two bald eagles brought their eaglets a meal near Pittsburgh.

Normally, this isn’t a big deal, but the nest is shown around the clock on the Hays Bald Eagle Cam, and the meal was a house cat.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported some viewers commented in chat rooms they were “disturbed” the images were broadcast live.

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania responded on its Facebook page, saying they reviewed the footage, and believe that the cat was already dead when the eagles brought it to the nest.
“While many may cringe at this, the eagles bring squirrels, rabbits, fish (and other animals) into the nest to eat multiple times each day," the post reads. "To people, the cat represents a pet but to the eagles and to other raptors, the cat is a way to sustain the eaglets and help them to grow. At Audubon, we encourage people to keep cats indoors for many reasons - primarily because cats themselves eat many, many songbirds. While seeing a cat in the nest was difficult for many, we're hopeful that people will understand that this is a part of nature, and nature isn't always kind or pretty."

People across the internet often watch the Hays Bald Eagle Cam at this location near Pittsburgh to track the progress of the eaglets hatching - which has been on the receiving end of nature's harsh reality. A raccoon attacked the nest in 2014, and no eggs survived the 2015 winter.
“The cameras are up 24/7 and can show a side of nature that isn’t really pretty,” a spokeswoman for the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Read more: http://www.kptv.com/story/31851293/bald-eagle-camera-catches-baby-birds-eating-cat#ixzz4BXUp4lZg

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