Dollywood’s Eagle Sanctuary Welcomes First Baby Bald Eagle of the Year

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High in the tree tops of Dollywood’s Eagle Mountain Sanctuary located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a baby eaglet entered the world at 6:58 a.m on April 17. A camera was stealthily placed right over a mother eagle’s well-built nest so the whole moment was caught on film for thousands to see.

The Newborn Eaglet

FOX News reported the good news via Twitter and the word started spreading quickly. The baby eaglet is very cute and it’s super entertaining watching the momma be so nurturing and excited about her newborn. She has been seen pushing the little eaglet around, cleaning it off and keeping it underneath her warm body for safety.

photo credit: American Eagle Foundation

Live Video Of The Nest

The eaglet’s parents Grant and Glenda are permanently disabled and non-releasable bald eagles. You can actually watch the LIVE video of them here. The nest is located in the Great Smokey Mountains right next to the theme park which you can hear at times in the background.

At 400,000 cubic feet, Eagle Mountain Sanctuary resides on a heavily-wooded hillside. Cared for daily, the eagles are given fresh water and food. The staff always make sure their residents are given the best care, so you know Grant, Glenda, and their newborn eaglet will be well taken care of.

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Eagles are the largest, most powerfully built birds with heavy heads and beaks that live about 20 years. They’re known to be faster in flight than most birds despite their large bodies and reduced size of aerodynamic feathers. Their beaks are hooked shaped which makes them perfect for ripping the flesh from their prey. In addition to their strong muscular legs, they are equipped with mighty talons made to snatch things up. You wouldn’t want to mess with one of these.

Congratulations to the proud momma and papa and all the sanctuary staff! We can’t wait to watch the little one grow.

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