Another day I heard some interesting facts about eagles. I knew that they were rather creatures, but I was never aware of these particular details before.
Did you know that eagles undergo a season that is molting? This occurs towards the end of their lives. Not that much research has been done on this event since they will hide themselves during this time. It’s a matter that is very private. From what the researchers have been able to learn, this is the process occurs.
Eagles will fly into the highest, most. Their beak becomes incrusted with calcium. This makes it nearly impossible for them to lift their heads upright. They have to scrap their beaks to rid themselves of this build up. The talons also become covered with calcium, until they are down to just nubbins, and they will rub them on the stones too.
It’s also throughout this phase that these animals’ feathers become weighty with grime and oil. It gives them enough time to run and hide Since their quarry can hear them coming. Feeding themselves becomes hopeless.
The eagles also start to pluck out their feathers all, and their vision becomes impaired. That keen’ eagle-eye’ looses they once had. With their skin exposed and being blind, it is a bleak and formidable period.
To say that the eagle is defenseless and vulnerable is an understatement. They are at the mercy of everyone. The eagles don’t have any feathers, they can not fly, they can’t hunt, so they can starve; they don’t have any talons, they can’t lift their heads or use their beaks, they can not protect themselves, and thus they are easy pickings for any predator. But an unbelievable phenomenon occurs… other eagles start to look after them! They will keep an eye they drop food off from heights for their companions that are handicapped and will do the hunting for them. Many don’t make it.
Here’s the best thing of all though, if this whole process can be survived by the eagles, they’ll become stronger and more prominent than they were! Their beaks, feathers, and talons all begin to grow back sharper and more robust than ever. They will have the ability to fly better and higher more than ever. They ‘renew their youth,’ as it were. They become endowed with a vigor that they never had before. They have more of an eyesight, pierce their talons through sharper, and could soar higher, swoop faster. The eagles are pristine and more powerful now than they were in their prime – but with a price tag!
Shouldn’t this make us consider our lives? Are we ready to go through grueling times so as to come out finer and higher on the opposite side? Are we ready to help getting nothing in return? Are we prepared to be that weak and vulnerable, to be able to become stronger and more confident?
We humans can learn much from the animal kingdom… I wonder, do we give them any explanation to learn from us?