Three Norfolk bald eaglets whose mom was killed by a jet in April will be released Wednesday during a ceremony that’s expected to draw a sizeable crowd.
The eaglets were removed from their nest at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens following the accident and transported to the Virginia Wildlife Center. Virginia biologists feared the chicks’ father would not be able to provide enough food for their voracious appetites. At the time, the eaglets were five months old.
At the center, the eagles were placed in a nest inside a 200-foot eagle flight cage. They were taught to fly and allowed to interact with other eagles. During their recovery, the eagles became an Internet sensation via a webcam setup by the center. Interest in the webcam crashed the center’s Web site at one point.
The mother eagle was killed by a plane landing at Norfolk International Airport. The center said about 1,000 people have RSVP’d for today’s release, which is at 11 a.m.