Animal cams have always been popular with our loyal Komando.com readers. In fact, we've shown you dozens of great ones to watch over the years. But, one osprey cam in Massachusetts has morphed warm and fuzzy feelings into a nightmare with the realization that Mother Nature can sometimes be quite cruel.
In fact, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has pulled the plug on its nest cam for the first time in 10 years. All this despite the fact that its waiting for three eggs to hatch. The site claims: "Regrettably, the cam will not be operating this season due to the increasingly aggressive actions of certain viewers the last two years.”
The last two years? In 2014, the osprey mother began neglecting, even attacking her chicks. Then, in 2015, the cam captured one of the chicks fatally attacking its sibling, pushing it out of the nest after mom and dad couldn't bring in enough food.
The same thing happened in 2016 and viewers simply couldn't handle it, laying down hundreds of comments sparking heated debates as to whether or not human intervention should occur, even though the project's policy says no human intervention under any circumstances.
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It's not just the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution that has this problem. In April of this year, a bald eagle cam out of Pittsburgh showed a bald eagle family feeding a small cat to its eaglets. Other cam operators captured a deadly fight between males, and others are criticized for not feeding the birds when they can't feed themselves.
In order to get around this problem, certain sites that operate animal cams, such as The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a cam operated out of Montana began including disclaimers reminding viewers that things could get ugly. Others display their human intervention policies in prominent places for people to easily find.
But is it enough to stop people from freaking out online?