Webcam captures struggling B.C. eaglet
A baby eagle in B.C. whose birth was watched by thousands of people online has run into some trouble, and a webcam has been capturing it all.
The eaglet, nicknamed Flyer, is one of three babies in a nest in Sidney on Vancouver Island that hatched just a few weeks ago.
Last week, the largest of the chicks appeared to be struggling as though its foot or leg was snagged on something.
Days later, the baby is still stuck and fishing line may be the culprit, according to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation, which has put five cameras near nests around the province.
"Almost every eagle nest has fish line in it because it's naturally attached to a lot of the fish they find. They're wounded incapacitated fish -- perfect food for eagles," said biologist David Hancock.
Hancock believes the eaglet freed itself once and then got caught up again on Saturday.
The foundation wants to come to Flyer's rescue but the dead tree where the nest is located is not safe to climb. A giant crane is required to get to the top but the wet ground is too soft for heavy machinery.
"If over the next couple of weeks it dries out then this big crane will get on there and it's quite possible this chick will survive that," Hancock said.
The foundation has intervened in nests in the past, but is hesitant to for fear the birds would abandon the site.
"They'll never abandon their young, but they may go and move to another nest next year," Hancock said.
More than 1.5 million people watched the webcams last year to check on the eagles.
See live streams from the Hancock Wildlife Foundation's eagle cameras here.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Maria Weisgarber