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Berry College eaglet falls from nest

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- A harrowing moment for a young eaglet caught the internet's attention this week when the iconic bird fell from its nest at Berry College.

Officials first reported the fall – of about 15 feet – at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday after a power outage at the school that took the cameras out of commission for a short time.

When they came back up, officials posted to social media that the baby eagle had taken the fall to a lower branch and that the college was working with expects to figure out how to move forward.

For several hours, the eaglet remained on the branch as officials with the school continued to observe hoping it would soon take its first steps to flight.

And at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, officials said that's exactly what happened.

Berry College reported the fledgling's first flight overhead just before lunch.

Once again, it was far from its nest, but unlike the day before, it was by choice.

Berry College's bald eagle couple first appeared on the main campus in the spring of 2012.


Since that time, school officials said the eagles have continued to nest at the top of a tall pine tree between the main entrance and a parking lot of the school.

The Eagle couple has produced eaglets each year since 2013.

The latest two were born in February and have been closely observed by bird-watchers the world over with the help of several live cameras set up by the college.