- Cody asks Marahute, "Where's the daddy eagle?" She just bows her head in sadness, to which he says:Cody: Oh.. My dad's gone, too.
- Later on, McLeach outright tells Cody he was the one responsible for killing the father eagle.
- It's even worse when you consider the fact that almost all known eagle species are monogamous, meaning that they pair for life. Marahute may well have been with her mate for a very long time and would have been with him for much longer...if McLeach hadn't killed him.
- When the Rangers come to the house of Cody's mother to tell her he was eaten by crocodiles, the gestures of the mother tell it all.
- The way she tenderly holds his tattered backpack in that scene...forget mere adult fears, children will likely be gripping their parents tightly and blubbering at that moment.
- Before that, the scene where she's calling for her son...and the audience knows he's not coming. The viewer may not get that one until they're older, but that scene is every parent's worst nightmare.
- A minor, fridge tearjerker: Joanna waving goodbye to McLeach when he's about to go over the falls. You'd expect her to be grinning at her abusive master's well-deserved demise, but instead she has a sad little frown. Despite everything he's put her through, she still cares about him and seems genuinely saddened by his death...something that often happens with real life victims of abuse...
Tear Jerker / The Rescuers Down Under