Hawk Raised by Eagles Is Starting to Act Like One | National Geographic

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An orphaned red-tailed hawk that was adopted by bald eagles has defied expectations and survived, and now it’s acting like an eagle.

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Nicknamed “Spunky,” the young hawk was spotted living in an eagle’s nest in June. Experts initially thought his chances for survival were low. Hawks and eagles are normally mortal enemies. Hawks feed on small rodents, rabbits, and snakes, but Spunky was seen eating a flounder that he stole from one of the other eagles. He has shown some signs of his hawk ancestry including swooping down and picking up forest debris, which young hawks do while learning to catch prey. Spunky’s time with his adopted family may be short. Soon the eagles will migrate north, but hawks typically don’t leave the region.



  1. Half what you’re born to be, half what you’re made to be.

  2. I hope you guys keep up on this little fellow. I’d like to hear more about him in the future.

  3. Mohammad I'm Hard Bruce Lee

    What if the hawk feels attracted to a female eagle and they have baby? I’m so high right now

  4. This is an animated kids movie waiting to happen

  5. Is that how black people act in the USA?

  6. Is it like white people raising a black kid?

  7. I hope Spunky migrates with his adopted parents and becomes king in the north.

  8. Do you know about a ratmouse? Yes, ratmouse. It was a short film everybody was showing to everbody else a few years back. Just sixty seconds of a rat, that started behaving like a mouse. Well, it was a hefty piece of rodent genius, I can tell you. Who’d have thought it, a rat behaving like a mouse. He was twitching his whiskers and accepting cheese. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  9. how did the hawk chick got into eagle’s nest in the first place? Waiting for the prequel of this video.

  10. Suzanne LeBizarre

    It makes one wonder about when the eagles return…will they recognize the hawk they raised, or will they be its enemy…since normally they are…

  11. Great example for the Nurture vs. Nature debate.

  12. Once Spunky learns he’s actually hawk, he’ll lead his fellow Hawks through an exodus away from the ruling Eagles.

  13. finally something good on trending

  14. what if he does follow them north lmao

  15. This is actually so cute and amazing

  16. I almost forgot about this little guy.

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  18. So basically the relationship between the USA and Japan after World War 2.

  19. And this is why gay couples shouldn’t have kids.

  20. Next time make the music louder and more annoying

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