Black Eagle Mom: Can't Be Bothered
She's a "bad" mom because ...
she won't stop sibling squabbles--even though they often turn deadly.
Black eagle nest mates have violent battles, Forbes said, "and the parents just stand by as the oldest sibling murders the youngest.
"It's infanticide by proxy--a cooperative arrangement between the older sibling and the mother, who is perfectly happy to watch."
Give Mom a break, because ...
though their indifference seems unconscionable, the eagles are practicing something seen in many bird species. The deadly sibling squabbles likely help to allocate food resources and ensure the survival of the fittest offspring.
As is often the case with apparent neglect among animals, Mom may not be minding the kids, but she does seem to be looking out for the species.
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