You've probably seen Cute Overload and plenty of other "squee!" photos and videos of baby animals all over the Internet. But prepare for your heart to full on MELT. The latest adorable animal sensation is this live stream of a mama eagle waiting for its third egg to hatch.
You can tune in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Yup, even in the middle of the night, when an infrared light provides night vision to viewers. Don't worry, it doesn't bug the birdie mama, because infrared is not visible to eagles.) whenever you tune in, there the eagle will be, protecting her egg. She's way up near the top of a tree at a fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa. You can see that the chilly spring breeze is ruffling her feathers, but she doesn't look ruffled at all! She's just hangin' out, anticipating eagle motherhood. It's actually really beautiful.
The stream comes to us courtesy of the Raptor Resource Project, a nonprofit that specializes in the preservation of various birds (eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, etc.). Their goal is to "establish and strengthen the breeding populations of these raptors by creating, improving, and maintaining nests and nest sites."
For your additional viewing pleasure, here's a 24-hour collage video of the first egg pipping and hatching back on April 2. It's pretty amazing to see the mother eagle helping her little one hatch and then bonding with it.
Will you tune in to the hatching of the eagle's third egg?
Image via YouTube