Parenthood is not an easy task, be it for humans or for wildlife animals. A prime example of that is a recent post on Facebook that shows how an eagle couple is keeping their eggs warm despite heavy snowfall that leaves them out in the cold.
Jackie and Shadow are an eagle couple that are being observed 24/7 by the Friends of Big Bear Valley organisation through camera. The couple has laid two eggs this season and are continuously taking turns incubating them so that the baby eagles remain protected. However, earlier this month around March 5, 2021, the region was hit by an intense snowstorm. During this time, mother eagle Jackie took it upon herself to sit down and protect the eggs as the website update reported. Jackie did the vast majority of the egg-sitting, as she always does during bad weather, said the Friends of Big Bear Valley website. The mother eagle believes that she is the most capable contender to protect the eggs, so she sat and sat, napping and getting snow-covered, in between occasionally shaking it all off. The image of Jackie covered in snow was posted on Facebook and showed how parenthood is no easy task and brings up some tough moments.
However, the wildlife organisation reported that Jackie did let Shadow have a turn on the eggs for one hour. And the father also came in during the middle of the day when the storm had died down for a bit. Shadow’s incubation duty in the middle of the day also provided a break to Jackie who did not take much convincing before she happily got up to take him up on the offer.
The Facebook post has garnered over 1.3k likes, as netizens commended Jackie for her true motherhood persona coming out. One of the comments read, “Oh gosh, isn’t Jackie something? I just hope the hatchlings don’t have to go through many snow storms like this though.” While another comment read, “Dedication. Bless them.”