This Bald Eagle Family's Reaction to the California Earthquake Shows Just How Strong It Was
The 5.3-magnitude earthquake that shook southern California late Thursday startled a lot of local residents, including the wildlife.
As the nest shook (but thankfully was undamaged) the dad immediately flew off, leaving his eaglets behind. While many people on the internet mistook this as an act of bad parenting, it’s actually a protective instinct for a male eagle to circle the nest in order to look for potential dangers, according to Explore.org.
So, don’t worry, everyone. This eagle didn’t abandon his babies.
In fact, around the :18 second mark, you can see a shadow of the eagle returning to the nest on the right-hand side.
The eagle family is doing fine now that the earthquake has passed. Anyone can check on them by streaming the live camera.