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Eaglet Killed in Nest, Questions Linger About How

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Mar 19 2013 09:12:12 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2013 10:05:22 PM CDT
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The eaglet of Redding's famous eagles Liberty and Patriot was killed and eaten Monday morning.

However what eagle ate it seems to be unknown.

The Northstate watched eagerly Sunday as the newborn eaglet hatched around 8 p.m.

"Well I'm devastated, but that's nature. That's the part of nature I don't like," said a teary Kit Harvey of "The Friends of the Redding Eagles."

On Tuesday morning she faithfully observed the eagle nest from the Sacramento River Trail.

"I've been here since 8 a.m., that's about 4 hours?  I'm an eagle enthusiast, a Patriot and Liberty enthusiast," she said.

She watched excitedly Sunday night as a newborn eaglet was welcomed into the world but on Monday the eaglet was eaten by an eagle.

A spokesperson for Turtle Bay said although abnormal, the culprit might've been Patriot because Liberty was in the nest at time of the attack and apparently reacted calmly.

However, Turtle Bay acknowledged there are a lot of unknowns at this time and they plan to consult with experts to get more answers.

Harvey does not believe it was Patriot and says it is not eagle behavior to eat their young.

"I need facts."

She said Patriot has not been spending time at the nest and an intruder eagle has been hanging around.

"We need to go back all of us and look at our pictures, look at what we have, identify was that Patriot? Or was that Liberty? Was that an intruder? And come up with the real story, and get the facts."

For now there is another egg in the nest that people are keeping a close eye on via the eagle cam.