Popular Florida bald eagle featured in live webcam dies

Ozzie, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife photo via Facebook

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – Ozzie the bald eagle, who became popular after his nest was live-streamed to millions of viewers, has died.

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife said Ozzie died Tuesday night of complications from injuries. He was found in a backyard Sunday unable to fly. Veterinarians said he was covered with lacerations and had a broken toe in each foot.

“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,” the Clinic said in a Facebook post.

The eagle was also badly injured in March, possibly by a car. During rehabilitation, his webcam got 200,000 hits a day. The News Press of Fort Myers reported that Ozzie also was photographed fighting with another male eagle in September.

Ozzie and his mate, Harriet, received more than 20 million views via webcam during the last few nesting seasons thanks to a camera mounted above their nest in southwest Florida. Viewers mourned when one of two chicks died in the nest in 2013.

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