What makes the situation even more impressive is that the baby eagles don't seem to mind having to share the nest, or their food, with the feathered outsider. In fact, it's almost as if they're glad he's there.
"The hawk is not being browbeaten. There’s no sibling rivalry. The eaglets are kind of nice to it," said Hancock. "It’s unbelievable!"
Baby red-tailed hawks leave their parents' nest sooner than baby bald eagles do, and if all goes well, this adoptee will soon strike out on his own.
The baby hawk will fledge in about a week. But since fledgling hawks normally need lots of help from their parents at first (whereas fledging bald eagle require less), his future is a little uncertain. Hancock plans to be there when the hawk tumbles to the ground after the first attempt at flight, so he can take him to a facility where he'll learn the skills he needs to survive.