A baby bald eagle hatched nearly a month ago at the Carolinas Raptor Center was killed late Wednesday or early Thursday by a predator, according to officials at the center.
The remains of the eaglet, which had hatched Feb. 9, were discovered by Raptor Center staff members when they arrived Thursday morning. In a news release, officials at the center, off Beatties Ford Road in Latta Plantation Park, said they did not know what type of animal was responsible for the death.
They said there is no indication that any adult eagles had killed the baby eagle.
The eaglet hatched amid considerable fanfare last month. Its parents were Savannah and Derek, who, like other birds of prey at the center, were rescued after suffering injuries.
In the news release, Carolinas Raptor Center Executive Director Jim Warren said the young bird was protected by security fencing, and there was no obvious breach of the security. Latta Plantation Park is home to a number of wild animals that could be predators to a young eagle.