Web cam shows baby bald eagle hatching at National Arboretum

(ABC) — After almost 36 hours of hatching, the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., welcomed the first of two baby bald eagles expected to hatch this week.

The whole spectacle is being filmed on two high definition cameras and streamed online by the American Eagle Foundation.

The eaglet began poking its way of its shell, or “pipping,” around 7:30 p.m. on March 16, according to the foundation. As of this morning, the baby eagle had completely emerged from the shell.

The eaglets’ parents — also known as “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” — are the first to nest in the arboretum’s tulip poplar tree in almost 70 years, according to the foundation.


Like all good parents, “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” have been trading off “incubation duty” -– taking turns sitting on the eggs since they were laid on Feb. 10 and Feb. 14. Shortly after the first eaglet hatched, “Mr. President” returned to the couple’s nest with a fish breakfast for “The First Lady.”

The pair’s second egg is expected to hatch later this weekend.

It is unclear if the eagle babies will be given patriotic names.

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