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Eagle Covered in Snow Stays in Nest to Protect Eggs in Pa. Park

By    |   Thursday, 05 Mar 2015 06:40 PM

A bald eagle, sitting in a nest on its eggs while buried up to its neck in snow Thursday, offered the Internet a lesson about devoted parenting.

The eagle, featured on a live camera set up in Pennsylvania’s Codurus State Park near Hanover, finally shook some of the snow off, but photos of its dedication to warm its eggs went viral.



Eventually the eagle’s mate returned to the nest and switched positions to sit on the eggs. “The two ‘love birds’ made the transition in such a way that it didn’t seem like their eggs were exposed to the elements for even a moment,” WTOP reported.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission, which operates the web cam, has been tweeting about the bird, assuring concerned viewers that the eagle is safe, as are the eggs.



Naturalist Jack Hubley told Lancaster Online he agrees the eagles will be fine, and that they’re excellent insulators.

"You'll notice that she's covered with snow," Hubley said. "What does that tell you? That tells you that there is not much heat loss from her body."

Of the eggs, he added, “Think of them lying in an eagle down comforter. They raise and lower their feathers, increasing and lowering their body temperature."





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