A live webcam captured eagles feeding a cat to their two young – leaving viewers shocked, intrigued, but also, educated.
A 24/7 webcam, set up over an active bald eagle nest in the Hays neighborhood in Pittsburgh, captured an unusual and slightly shocking sight on April 26 – the parents feeding a cat to their eaglets.
The webcam, run by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, offers a real-time and up-close glimpse into nature, showcasing both the beautiful moments that occur as well as those that some might find less savoury. But as most know, nature can be far from pretty at times.
“After reviewing the footage, we believe the cat was dead when it was brought to the nest,” said Rachel Handel, spokeswoman for the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. “We don’t know if it was a pet or feral. It’s impossible to know if the cat was killed by the eagle or was a roadkill, but eagles are opportunists and just as apt to take something that’s already dead as something that’s alive to feed their young.”
“While many may cringe at this, the eagles bring squirrels, rabbits, fish (and other animals) into the nest to eat multiple times each day,” she said, via Facebook. “To people, the cat represents a pet, but to the eagles and to other raptors, the cat is a way to sustain the eaglets and help them to grow.”
What are your thoughts after watching the video? Roadkill? Feral? House cat?