People are horrified when live stream of an eagle nest goes horribly natural and a cat gets fed to eaglets.
Delete your Periscope, the live stream game has been won by the brutal force of nature that is two eagles feeding their young. In eastern Pittsburgh, a nest cam run by Pix Controller caught two eagles feeding a cat to their eaglets. Though the video isn't gory, be warned that you will indeed see a lifeless cat plopped down in front of two hungry eagle babies.
As the video went viral and disturbed swaths of naive dunces unaware of how the whole predator and prey cycle works, the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania responded to clarify that nature isn't always scenic.
We've received a number of questions about the Hays Bald Eagles bringing a cat into the nest yesterday. It's true that...Posted by Bald Eagles in Western Pennsylvania - Audubon Society of Western PA on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Here's the message in full.
We've received a number of questions about the Hays Bald Eagles bringing a cat into the nest yesterday. It's true that they brought in a cat and it's also true that they fed it to the eaglets. After reviewing the footage, we believe that the cat was dead when brought to the nest. While many may cringe at this, the eagles bring squirrels, rabbits, fish (and other animals) into the nest to eat multiple times each day. To people, the cat represents a pet but to the eagles and to other raptors, the cat is a way to sustain the eaglets and help them to grow. At Audubon, we encourage people to keep cats indoors for many reasons--primarily because cats themselves eat many, many songbirds. While seeing a cat in the nest was difficult for many, we're hopeful that people will understand that this is a part of nature, and nature isn't always kind or pretty.