The new eaglet getting some rest after taking a day and a half trying break out of its shell. (Photo: © American Eagle Foundation)
WASHINGTON - We've been watching...and waiting... and today it happened! At 8:27 a.m., the American Eagle Foundation Bald Eagle Cam at the U.S. National Arboretum showed us the first pictures of a fuzzy baby eaglet fully emerging from its shell!
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The two bald eagles, affectionately named "Mr. President" and "The First Lady, have been nesting high up in a Tulip Poplar tree amongst the Azalea Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum since 2014.
After first seeing the eggs in the nest last month - a 'pip' or small crack was spotted developing earlier this week which let us know that one of the eaglets was on the way.
The crack turned into a hole yesterday and we could even see the eaglet's beak poking out of the shell.
Officials at the American Eagle Foundation told us that the egg would hatch within 48 hours of the ‘pipping' beginning - and they were right on time.
There is no name for the new eaglet, but the American Eagle Foundation is calling it "DC2" for now as this is the second eaglet raised by these parents in this location. The first eaglet hatched last year and successfully fledged.
But eagle egg watch is not over yet! Egg No. 2, which was laid four days after "DC2," is still awaiting to be hatched, and it could happen as early as this weekend.