Berry College, in Rome, fell madly in love with a bald eagle family, thanks to an insanely popular livestream feed and a Facebook page with over 60,000 likes. Fans watched with bated breath as the male and female eagles nested 100 feet up in a pine tree near the school's main entrance, and soon produced an adorable baby eaglet. The livestream, which has gotten a whopping 17 million views, now shows the family's comings and goings 24 hours a day.
"Everywhere we went, people were in awe of the eagles and grateful that we had set up the streaming video," said Steve Briggs, Berry's president. "The eagles are mesmerizing -- better than any reality television show. And the truth is -- we are entranced by them as well."
While the school originally planned to build a stadium near its entrance, the nest was beloved that this spring, college officials began looking for a new location for the stadium.
On other nest-and-stadium news, it's worth noting that another stadium was actually modeled after a bird's nest -- "Bird's Nest," the 99-square-mile monstrosity built for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Art imitates life ... and birds.