Very sad news – Eagle Ozzie has passed away

Here is what CROW posted on their Facebook page:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ozzie, the bald eagle, co-star of the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam. Ozzie passed away last night at CROW due to complications from his recent injuries that included multiple severe lacerations and a broken toe in each foot. 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). It is highly likely these injuries were sustained from a fight with another bald eagle near the nest that was documented on the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam Facebook page. It was also reported that he had been entangled in barbwire.

A necropsy will be performed on Ozzie at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) at The University of Georgia and we will share those results with you when they become available. We would like to thank everyone for their support and unwavering belief in CROW during Ozzie’s rehabilitation and recent stay. Your endless words of encouragement carried the CROW staff through challenging times.

19 thoughts on “Very sad news – Eagle Ozzie has passed away”

  1. I’m so sorry to learn Ozzie has left us, I was always hoping for that fairy tale ending. Fly free Ozzie, I will never forgot you. Hoping the best for Harriet ❤

  2. He fought hard to get his lady and territory back. So heartbreaking to hear this news. I hope for Harriet’s sake that FV is ok since she has already bonded with him and she can have someone familiar to be with her. 💔

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