It was decided for the best long-term interests of the three young eaglets that they be taken from the nest and cared for in a special place until they are old enough to be released as adults. The mother eagle was killed by a jet on Tuesday. Part of the emotional process looked like this today.
The images on Wednesday at Norfolk Botanical Garden were sad — a lone male eagle soaring over an empty nest, three women laying flowers at the base of the tree that held the nest, and the eaglets being removed one by one and taken to the Virginia Wildlife Center in Waynesboro, Virginia.
The young eaglets were brought to the wildlife center and then examined.