Wildlife webcam operators all across the world have started getting into a controversial questionnaire. They have started grappling with a problem that is their viewers who don’t want to see anything disturbing over there.
Authorities had to give up onto the protests against themselves earlier this month in Minnesota when they could not save a baby eagle with a broken wing and let the bird die on on live webcam. Viewers across the country called and emailed wildlife officials asking them to step in when it seemed that the parents had abandoned the pair of baby bald eagles in a coastal Maine nest.
One of the eaglets died over the weekend, but the other is still alive.
The webcam is operated by the Biodiversity Research Institute, which also defended the decision to let nature takes its call.
“The nest cam is more of a mirror to reflect what’s going on with all eagle nests. It’s not to be used as a baby monitor to intervene when we see something that makes us feel sad as humans,” said Erynn Call, a raptor specialist with the state of Maine.
“Every year, we show polar bears that are starving while waiting for the ice to freeze. People are like, ‘Feed the bears!’ No, we’re not going to feed the bears,” said Jason Damata from explore.org, which has about 50 wildlife webcams running at any given time.
People across the country called and emailed authorities to take appropriate step when they observed those two poor eaglets getting abandoned by their parents in a Coastal Maine nest.
However, authorities as usual seemed defending the decision they had taken and did nothing except mentioning about their policy, which cannot be forcibly intervened.