The proud parents are a pair of bald eagles named "Mr. President" and "The First Lady." They made their nest in 2014 and were the first eagles to settle in the Arboretum since 1947. They raised one eaglet in 2015. The First Lady laid her first egg on February 10, with another egg laid on Valentine's Day. After over 35 days of diligent warming and waiting, the first of the pair has emerged.
The unnamed bird, which looks like a little grey ball of fluff with eyeballs and a beak, is busy getting acquainted with life outside an egg and learning to use its muscles, adorably toppling over in its nest while awaiting its next meal.
It might be tiny and adorable now, but it will quickly grow into a sleek bird of prey. In about 3 weeks, the eaglet will stand about a foot tall and will be almost fully grown at 6 weeks. At 8 weeks, it will begin stretching its wings, preparing for its first flight at 10-13 weeks. Once this happens, it's ready to leave the nest and begin hunting for itself.
Check out the incredible moment when the eaglet was born here: