Cute kittens are so passé. The new rage? Cute birds. The Pet Collective, a YouTube Original Channel dedicated to animal videos, is the new home of EagleCam, a live streaming video feed that gives viewers a chance to follow the infancy of three recently-hatched bald eagle chicks.
Eagle Cam videos first appeared on our radar back in 2011 when Iowa’s Raptor Resource Project gave viewers a look into the daily life of America’s national bird. Things are a little different now: Aside from the big channel affiliation, the new EagleCam is located on California’s Santa Catalina Island and has a youthful twist. Instead of following adult bald eagles, the EagleCam allowed viewers to watch as three eggs were hatched over the course of a couple days. Now that all the chicks are live, we get to see the parents fight for survival. It’s like an avian Man Vs. Wild, but with more America.
Of course, the major appeal is that these birds are so tiny and fluffy and cute, a trio of adjectives that have powered a number of different animals to internet stardom. The three chicks have yet to be named, but given the role online video has played in their collective infancy, I think they should be named Tay, Judson, and Antoine.