25 May 2022
I received a very interesting letter from EJ just a few minutes ago. What they wrote is something worth considering. I will leave the answer to the question up to you.
It is not often that we see what happens in the wild. If you were a mother with a nest of babies and another mother took one to feed their babies, how would you feel?
As it happens there is a video showing the female eagle at the Ft St Vrain nest delivering a live baby raccoon to the nest. She then feeds it to the two juveniles.
As it happens, it was only two days later that Mother Raccoon came up to the Eagle. Was she looking for her baby? Did she know what had happened to it? When Mother Raccoon got up to the eagle nest, she removed one of the eaglets off the nest. Its feathers were found later by a ranger. Can we expect that Mother Raccoon fed the eaglet to her remaining offspring?
Animal behaviour is very interesting. We do not often see events like this happening on streaming cams but I wonder how common they are in the wild?
Here is the video of that event:
It is just something to think about. I thank EJ for spotting that video about the baby raccoon otherwise, I would not have made the connection.
Cheers everyone! See you soon.