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A Bald Eagle Laid An Egg In Big Bear, Live On Camera

A still from the Eagle Cam in Big Bear Valley (via YouTube)
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Update: A secong egg has arrived! According to the San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor's Office, the egg was laid just past 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, as thousands of viewers watched live.

Parents Jackie and Shadow are still living their best eagle lives on camera, as they incubate the eggs and wait for hatching day.

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The miracle of life was on full display earlier this week when a bald eagle in Big Bear Valley laid her first egg of the year live on camera.

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The eagle, known to the world as Jackie, dwells in a nest with her mate, Shadow, that overlooks Big Bear Lake. Friends of Big Bear Valley, a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to preserve the area's habitat through education and advocacy, installed a camera to monitor the pair:

Jackie's egg-laying journey was watched by a rapt audience, many of whom shared their reactions on Facebook. Those reactions ranged from awe:

Oh my god !! I am so excited. This is amazing. I started watching last year right before they hatched. I have been hooked every since. I am so in love with this family.💜

... to concern:

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Jackie laid 1st egg last year on March 6th. The Eagles know best, but I'm concerned this is too early. February Big Bear snows are notorious !!! 🦅🦅

... to standard words of welcome for a new life:

Welcome to this great big world little egg. Mom get some rest now.

Fans of the feather have since been watching as Jackie and Shadow continue to spruce up their nest, and as Shadow is left alone for his "first nest duty."

According to Friends of Big Bear Valley, Jackie is expected to lay her second egg within the next few days:

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12:00 p.m.: This article was updated with information about the laying of a second egg.

This article was originally published at 11:59 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2020.