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Defying All Odds, This Pair Of Bald Eagles Are Raising Their Babies With Help From A Third Unexpected Guest

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Bald eagles are unique considering they can only be found in North America. Being birds of prey, bald eagles depend mostly on fish for their food. However, the birds are known for their poor moral standing as they routinely snatch fish from other hunters like Osprey and even humans. Therefore, it is interesting to spot a pair of male bald eagles making one nest as their combined home.

Benjamin Franklin thought bald eagles were very immoral

To be sure, two male bald eagles are sharing a nest on Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge. The two males have been spotted helping out a female occupant of the nest to incubate eggs and even to bring up the babies once hatched.

This is one of the most unusual things in the history of bald eagles. For starters, Benjamin Franklin once wrote that the bald eagle is a dishonest bird and that it lives off of other birds’ labor. Notably, he was pointing to the fact that many bald eagles do not fish for themselves and that they usually snatch fish from diligent birds looking for food for their nests. For that reason, Franklin argued that the bald eagle should not have been chosen to represent the presidential seal.

As such, it seems that this pair of bald eagles is defying many odds by just sharing a nest in the first place, let alone mating with one female occupant. Further, the two share the responsibilities in the nest without any problems. This gets more interesting when one learns that bald eagles are naturally monogamous.

Friends through thick and thin

According to the Stewards of Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, the pair has been living in the nest since 2013. Named Valor I and Valor II, the males first met when Valor II crashed the nest in which Valor I was living with a female called Hope. After being defeated, Valor I decided not to desert the nest.

In March of 2017, a vicious battle with other eagles went down in the nest and Hope left never to return. Starr, the new female occupant, joined the nest in September 2017 and has hung around since then. Since February, the pair has been rotating the responsibility of incubating three eggs. Therefore, it seems that those bird enthusiasts like Benjamin Franklin who had little or no respect for bald eagles could have been wrong in stereotyping the birds.

Sources: MSN, Defenders, Stewards, Smithsonian / Photo Credit: Tuleyome/Twitter

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