Eagle cam star Ozzie passes away

SANIBEL, Fla. -- Officials at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife has announced that Ozzie the Eagle passed away Tuesday night due to complications from recent injuries.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ozzie, the bald eagle, co-star of the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam," says staff in a press release.

Ozzie was brought to CROW for a second time on Sunday, September 27, after he was found weak and injured in a North Fort Myers backyard. He arrived at CROW late at night in critical condition, unable to stand and fighting septicemia (a bacterial blood infection).

Ozzie and his mate Harriet were part of the popular Southwest Florida Eagle Cam, which attracted millions of viewers around the world to watch the pair raise eaglets in their North Fort Myers nest. But while Ozzie was away from the nest recovering from an injury, officials say Harriet was getting visits by another bald eagle at the nest.

Ozzie was returned to the wild in June, but did not return to the nest area until this month.  Last weekend the eagle cam's Facebook page says Ozzie and Harriet's visitor were seen fighting.

Doctors say it is highly likely these injuries were sustained from a fight with another bald eagle near the nest. It was also reported that he had been entangled in barbwire.

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