Instead of having two parents, these eaglets are being raised by a trio of adult eagles: two males and a female.
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Usually, the birds are monogamous, but this convention didn't stop the eagles from raising a family together.
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The two males are named Valor I and Valor II, and the female is named Starr.
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Valor I's mate was murdered in 2017, and he hung around for the rest of the breeding season.
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The two males decided to help raise Starr's chicks.
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The eaglets hatched early this spring.
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Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge set up a webcam in 2011 to follow the lives of the trio.
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Especially for eagles who have lost their mate they’ve bonded with, joining a family is a good way of avoiding depression and loneliness.
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