Bald eagle caring for rock as an egg becomes parent to orphaned eaglet | USA TODAY

Thirty-one-year-old bald eagle Murphy is a first-time father to an eaglet that was found on the ground after a storm blew its nest down.

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When a recently orphaned eagle needed a dad, Murphy stepped up to help at his home at World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park in St. Louis County.

“Although it might make you feel sad that Murphy has built a nest and is nurturing a rock as an egg, it’s just his hormonal response to spring,” the sanctuary posted on Facebook. “Murphy is not sad, so you don’t need to be.”

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