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Pip in Progress: DC Eagle Egg Begins Hatching Process

One of the eagle eggs began the hatching process Wednesday night.

D.C. could soon be home to two new eaglets.

One of the two bald eagle eggs in a nest at the National Arboretum began hatching Wednesday night. The "pip in progress" was first spotted on the eagle cam at 7:39 p.m. Wednesday, the American Eagle Foundation said. 

A pip is the small hole the eaglet makes as it tries to break through its shell. The foundation said it's not a full pip until there is a full hole -- but by Thursday afternoon, a complete opening was visible.

It could take a total of up to 24 hours for the eaglet to emerge from its shell.

The National Arboretum's eagles -- the proud parents-to-be -- are known as "Mr. President" and "The First Lady." The pair built their nest in a tulip poplar tree in 2014 and raised one eaglet there last year, according to the American Eagle Foundation. 

This year, two eggs were laid in the nest. The first egg arrived Feb. 10, and a second egg followed on Valentine's Day, according to the American Eagle Foundation.

Bald eagle eggs typically hatch after about 35 days. 


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If you're lucky, you can catch the hatchings on the National Arboretum's "eagle cam."

The Arboretum's eagles are the first pair to nest in the area in nearly 70 years. 

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