Hawks and bald eagles are both birds of prey, but that doesn’t mean the two species get along.
In fact, according to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation, hawks are even considered the “mortal enemy” of bald eagles — which makes the fact that a bald eagle has “adopted” a baby hawk all the more incredible.
In footage captured on May 31, 2017, and uploaded on June 1, 2017, a small, gray baby hawk sits in an eagle’s nest among three larger eaglets.
I held my breath when the mama eagle returned to the nest in this video. Knowing that hawks and eagles do not get along — and that sometimes eagles even prey on the smaller birds — I was expecting a sad and gruesome end for the hawklet.
Shockingly, the bald eagle does not harm her new “nest-guest” at all. Instead, she feeds him food from her mouth, as if the little hawk were one of her own.
What’s even more amazing is that the eagle’s own children seem to accept the baby hawk among them; they don’t fight him for the food. You have to see the interactions between this little hawk and the eagle family!
Scientists think that the hawk chick was initially taken from its nest to be eaten by the bald eagle family, the Daily Mail reports. Instead, the pair of bald eagles has seemingly begun raising it alongside their own chicks, in a nest atop a Douglas fir tree in a bird sanctuary.
The Hancock Wildlife Foundation has stated that they are keeping an eye on the nest to ensure the baby hawk’s safety in his new home.
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Footage provided courtesy of Lynda Robson – Hancock Wildlife Foundation
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