One of two bald earrings whose hatch was watched by many livestream viewers in April, died of apparent hypothermia near Big Bear Lake, a nonprofit announced Monday.
Cookie had been in the past earlier in the morning but looked weak, accor ding to friends of Big Bear Valley, the nonprofit running Big Bear eagle nest cam. The chicken was hardly breathing and did not move much, the group said.
It died around 10:00. 8, according to the US Forest Service. The survival rate for bald eagles in their first year is only 50%, the agency noted.
A camera has been streaming from the nest, since Cookie's mother, Jackie, put two eggs in March. The eggs were in April and a competition was held for the name of the new earrings.
A group of kindergartens in Santa Ana won the name "Cookie", while a third degree from Rancho Cucamonga came up with "Simba".  In the beginning, both chickens seemed healthy. Then the weather hurried the snow to southern California's mountains.
Temperatures dropped to 26 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, when a late season storm brought a few inches of snow to the area, US said. Forest Service . Hypothermia probably caused Cookies death, a doctor told Friends of Big Bear Valley.
Nonprofit said with Big Bear's elevation, eggs should ideally be laid in April. Eggs that were laid in January, February and March were exposed to more bad weather.
Days before Cookie's death caught the nesting comb Jackie trying to keep her earrings warm when the snow fell in Big Bear Lake.
"This last storm was a tough one with rain first and then snow and cold temperatures (like last year)," nonprofit wrote on Facebook. "As we could see with Jackie, the feathers were wet, and so the snow got stuck to them. The chickens couldn't fit completely under her yesterday and last night."
Another eagle died on the same nest in Big Bear this time in 2018, said the US forest service.
"The chickens of this age are too large to be both fully covered during brooding, and since their juvenile contour and flight spring are not fully cultivated yet, it is difficult for them to preserve the body's heat if downing feathers become wet. "The agency tweeted. "Rain followed by snow is never a good combination as it begins to ice the body. The mother was observed this morning and has difficulty shaking it out this morning."
The significant snowfall has forced Big Bear Mountain Resort to keep running until Friday.
Cookie's body is likely to be moved to the side or buried by new crop material, Friends of Big Bear Valley said. From Monday, his siblings, Simba, seemed to be up and moving.
A slight chance that there is rain and thunderstorm in the forecast for the area on Wednesday and Thursday.
"We mourn the rest of you," said the group. "Nature can be very hard … We will all twist for Simba to become strong and healthy."
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