As much as the popular Hatchimals — toys that “hatched” from an egg-like shell — created a craze during holidays, the potential of watching a real egg hatch in real time has captured the interest of the nation.
Tens of thousands of viewers have kept their eyes glued to the live Southwest Florida Eagle Cam for three days, awaiting the arrival of an eaglet. Thursday afternoon, it looked as though one of the eggs may have begun to hatch.
“We have a PIP in one egg!! The hatching process has begun,” a banner across the top of the live-stream site reads. A pip is a crack in the egg, according to the National Eagle Center.
The eagle Harriet stood up to reposition herself, and viewers could glimpse what looked like a crack in one of the eggs. Unfortunately, as of 10 p.m. Thursday, there was no sign of an eaglet emerging from the shell.
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Dick Pritchett Real Estate Inc. set up its Southwest Florida Eagle Cam four years ago, sharing the bird’s-eye view of an eagle’s nest to 16 million people worldwide.
Harriet the American bald eagle, whose mate is named M15, laid her first egg in season five this year on Nov. 22. Her second egg came three days later.
According to the National Eagle Center, the incubation period for an eagle egg is about 35 days.