31-year-old bald eagle named Murphy, has experienced some significant changes that led to the need to build a nest and tend to a rock as if it were a real egg.
People online were amused by his ritual, but the World Bird Sanctuary, where he resides, promised it was a natural instinct of his springtime hormones. However, the story took a happy turn when Murphy was introduced to an eagle chick and transferred his paternal instincts to the chick.
Very quietly and inconspicuously, one of our bald eagles, Murphy (male) has built an extremely simple nest on the ground and is incubating his single “egg” very carefully and attentively.— World Bird Sanctuary CEO (@WBSSTL) March 24, 2023
We wish Murphy all the luck in the world, but we have yet to see a rock hatch. pic.twitter.com/1PR1xS9X8x
Murphy was first seen in late March trying to hatch his gem. "Very quietly and discreetly, one of our Murphy bald eagles (male) has built a very simple nest on the ground and is very carefully and vigilantly incubating his single 'egg,'" World Bird Sanctuary said in a statement.
Some commenters expressed concern about how Murphy would act if his stone didn't hatch, but the orphanage was quick to reassure people that his behaviour was normal. Murphy doesn't need a real egg to feel successful!! He is very happy with his stone and VERY protective of it!” they wrote.
"After his spring hormones have dried up, he gets bored and switches to other activities. Armer Stein."
Here’s the Murphy update you’ve all been waiting for…— World Bird Sanctuary CEO (@WBSSTL) April 6, 2023
Murphy will be given a chance this week to bond with the eaglet we received last week. pic.twitter.com/bLEwTft9M0
Does this behavior look familiar to you? Murphy has transferred his protection of RockBaby to the eaglet.— World Bird Sanctuary CEO (@WBSSTL) April 10, 2023
So far, so good, but the real test is coming soon! pic.twitter.com/C4yt4UfmPP
IT’S HAPPENING!!!— World Bird Sanctuary CEO (@WBSSTL) April 12, 2023
Bald Eaglet 23-126 was let out of the baby jail for a full introduction to Murphy yesterday and so far things are going very well! A staff member watched initial interactions through a peep hole to make sure the eaglet was safe. It took Murphy an hour before he pic.twitter.com/mley9VYd2G
“Bald Eagle 23-126 was released from children's prison yesterday for a full introduction to Murphy and so far so good! The employee monitored initial interactions through a peephole to ensure the eagle was safe," the shelter said. "It took an hour for Murphy to go to 23-126 and look around curiously."
From that point on, Murphy and the eagle's relationship continued to develop, with Murphy even beginning to feed him food. We're happy to see that Murphy's dream of becoming a parent has finally come true.
And we’re back with a Murphy/Eaglet update! pic.twitter.com/KKtGwNEymt— World Bird Sanctuary CEO (@WBSSTL) April 17, 2023