A bald eagle trio is raising their babies together, according to a report from The Dodo, which explains that two male bald eagles “have been spotted helping a female bald eagle keep the eggs in the nest warm.”
Bald eagle pairs are naturally monogamous, so this setup is rather unusual.
But it exists, and the happy family is going viral for the best reason possible.
Bald Eagle Trio Paired for Life? A nesting trio is a rare occurrence among bald eagles, but this is not the first such case. A bald eagle nesting trios was documented in California in 1992. https://t.co/dB0fTp2hkZ pic.twitter.com/HnXZboY1pu
— Tuleyome (@tuleyomeorg) March 10, 2019
Editor James Kosur––you might know him as the driving force behind Hill Reporter and as a former editor for Business Insider––shared the story to his Twitter feed and delivered a pointed message to conservative advocates of “traditional” marriage.
“Hey Conservatives: 2 male Bald Eagles & 1 female Bald Eagle are raising babies together, & have been for years. Next time you want to attack someone in a “non-traditional” marriage/partnership, remember – THE SYMBOL OF AMERICA is sometimes Polyamorous.”
2 male Bald Eagles & 1 female Bald Eagle are raising babies together, & have been for years. Next time you want to attack someone in a "non-traditional" marriage/partnership, remember – THE SYMBOL OF AMERICA is sometimes Polyamorous. https://t.co/s4HbVkciQe
— James Kosur (@JamesKosur) March 18, 2019
Among the loudest conservative voices condemning “untraditional” family dynamics are those on the Family Research Council, headed by the socially conservative Tony Perkins, who enjoys a close relationship with the Trump administration. But that is just one group of several, and the story of these bald eagles living their best lives is further affirmation that such familial setups are not “untraditional” at all. They’re as natural as can be.
Many concurred with Kosur’s sentiments.
Love is all we need.
— Mandy Evans (@mandyevans) March 18, 2019
Fascinating. Seems that many animal species are capable of much more complex and varied wild behavioral interactions than most of us would have imagined.
— Donald Dire (@dire_donald) March 18, 2019
How would they react if they knew the “king of the jungle” idea, one dominant male lion per pride, was a myth.
— Everywhere Josh (@FMGhost09) March 19, 2019
The cultural expectation that all our needs, love, and affection should be satisfied by one individual is patriarchal bs though. Who is socialized more heavily to buy into that? The real tea. pic.twitter.com/Ntwcv8hKCZ
— M????️???? (@TheMahdiMonster) March 19, 2019
“The lifestyle was not working, we were spending half our time catching fish and I had zero me time. Then along came Paul, a godsend. Together the three of us now spend only a third of our time fishing, and babysitting is a no-brainer. Thanks Paul.”
— Dave H (@Id92Bud) March 18, 2019
— Laura Cerone (@sweettartlaura) March 18, 2019
And like non 'traditional' relationships, there are probably several important evolutionary advantages to having an extra adult provide food and care for the offspring.
— Robert Pratt (@rpratt039) March 18, 2019
The trio of bald eagles has been together since 2017, but this isn’t the first time the two males, Valor 1 and Valor 2, have opted to help raise eaglets.