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PHOTOS: DC Eaglets Hatch at National Arboretum

D.C. is now home to a tiny new eaglet, with one more on the way.

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After days of anticipation, the second egg in the bald eagle nest at the National Arboretum in D.C. hatched Sunday morning.
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From @HollyinVA via American Eagle Foundation web cam
A photo from the American Eagle Foundation bald eagle nest cam shows the second eaglet, named DC3, next to its sibling and parents. The picture was taken by Twitter user @HollyinVA at 6:50 a.m. Sunday. A spokesperson for the American Eagle Foundation confirmed the second eaglet was completely out of its shell.
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The American Eagle Foundation's live Eagle Cam often shows the devoted parents feeding their eaglets.
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The first eaglet hatched Friday morning. You can watch the National Arboretum's live "eagle cam" here.
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The first eaglet broke through its shell Friday morning around 8:30 a.m. at the National Arboretum, the American Eagle Foundation said.
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The eaglet was about halfway out of its shell by 8 a.m. and completely emerged just before 8:30 a.m. Minutes earlier, one of its parents — known at the National Arboretum as "Mr. President" and "The First Lady" — brought a live fish to the nest.
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The pair of eagles that nested at the arboretum spent weeks watching over their two eggs. You can watch the National Arboretum's live "eagle cam" here.
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The first eaglet emerged two days after the American Eagle Foundation announced the beginning of a "pip" — the small hole the eaglet makes as it tries to break through its shell.
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Around midday Friday, the new parents swapped nesting duties.
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The foundation said the two eaglets will be known as DC2 and DC3 for the time being, since they are the second and third eaglets to be raised by these parents at the arboretum.
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You can watch the National Arboretum's live "eagle cam" here.
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The eagles are the first pair to nest in the area in nearly 70 years.
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The eagles built their nest in a tulip poplar tree in 2014 and raised one eaglet there last year, according to the American Eagle Foundation. You can watch the National Arboretum's live "eagle cam" here.
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