Aww! Pair of Rare Golden Eagle Chicks Discovered for the First Time in 30 Years

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A rare sight -- a pair of golden eagle chicks -- were spotted in the Santa Monica Mountains for the first time in 30 years, the National Park Service reported June 2019.
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For the first time since the 1980s, a pair of golden eagle chicks were found in a remote area of the Santa Monica Mountains.n

nThese birds of prey are a cousin of the bald eagle. It is extremely rare to spot them.

nThe last known nesting was discovered in the 1980s in Lobo Canyon.

nSee photos of the rare birds below.
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The last time golden eagles were spotted was in Lobo Canyon in the 1980s.
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They usually prey on rabbits and squirrels, but golden eagles have been known to hunt deer fawn and coyote pups.
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Spotting golden eagles is extremely rare.
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They are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
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"We haven't seen them in so many years, though they could have been around and staying away from people." said Katy Delaney, an ecologist with Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area. "We just went through a huge fire and drought, and we're also not going to see a decrease in urban development. Nonetheless, this is a good thing for our mountains. We not only have mountain lions here, but we have golden eagles, too."
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They are 12 weeks old -- a male and a female.
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Biologists believe the golden eagle population is declining in the U.S. and in California especially.
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