Eaglets arrive at temporary home

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video courtesy WHSV, Harrisonburg

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 3:56 PM

NORFOLK -- After their mother was killed on Tuesday by an airplane, the three eaglets of Norfolk Botanical Garden are now at their temporary home at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.  It's a hospital for native wildlife located in Waynesboro.

The eaglets were moved on Wednesday.

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries spokesman Stephen Living told WVEC.com, "Without intervention, it is all but certain that one or more of these eaglets would not survive the next three months.

The eaglets will be placed in an artificial nest that has been constructed in the Center’s 200-foot eagle flight cage. Other adult Bald Eagle patients may also be in this enclosure.

While the chicks will be separated by a physical barrier from direct contact with other eagles, the eaglets will be able to see other eagles flying and feeding. As they begin to fledge, the barrier will be removed and the young eagles will have full access to the long enclosure, to build their wing strength and to learn to fly.

The goal would be to get the young eagles ready for release back into the wild in late summer.

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