Bald eagle parent and chicks react to California earthquake; video

Bald eagle parent and chicks react to California earthquake; video

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Bald eagle parent and chicks react to California earthquake; video

People aren’t the only creatures whose nerves are rattled when an earthquake occurs. The accompanying footage, captured Thursday as a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck near the Channel Islands off Southern California, shows a bald eagle dad briefly abandoning his three chicks, who are left to nervously ponder what might be happening.

The nest is located on Santa Cruz Island, just north of the epicenter of an earthquake that struck beneath the sea floor just before 12:30 p.m. The eagles are monitored by Explore.org via live video feed.

The earthquake was felt by residents on the mainland dozens of miles away. No damage had been reported at the time of this post.

Bald eagle dad briefly abandons three chicks during a strong earthquake on Thursday. Photos: Explore.org

Viewers of the video can see concern on the eagle dad’s face as the nest begins to shake. He lifts off and the chicks are revealed. Moments later, a shadow appears and dad returns to check on his babies, and all seems fine.

Mom’s whereabouts during the shaker are not known.

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