Ozzie and Harriet News!
If you have followed my Blog for a time, you will have most likely seen pictures and stories of Ozzie and Harriet, the famous Bald Eagles of Ft Myers, Florida who just happen to be on an International Video Cam.
Below are 4 posts that explain, update and show progress of egg to hatch-ling since December 2013.
This year, as in years past…the two Eagles hatched two little eaglets and we were able to watch the comings and goings of Mom and Dad as they fed the little ones.
Sadly, one of the little eaglets did not make it (the same thing happened last year)..E5, the first hatched in late December died January 21st. E6 is doing fine.
But that is not the story I want to share with you.
On March 17th, Ozzie had an accident of some kind. He was found close to the nearby railroad tracks unable to fly, and it is surmised that he either flew into the train or a car or somehow was hit by a blunt force.
So Harriet has taken on the duties of Mother and Father while Ozzie receives care by the Staff at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel Island. Luckily, E6 is rapidly growing and has been able to fly around on his own.
At CROW, X-rays revealed a broken left clavicle, (kind of like the human collarbone), and a small shoulder bone, which is part of the shoulder assembly and extremely important for flight.
On Thursday, April 9th, veterinarians removed Ozzie’s body bandage, and put him through physical therapy and then placed him into a bigger enclosure. They are very optimistic regarding his recovery, but if he is not able to survive in the wild again, he will spend the rest of his life in captivity.
WHICH leads us back to Harriet.
Eagles mate for life, but she hasn’t seen Ozzie since he flew from the nest and was injured and she (nor E6) won’t be around when Ozzie is released.
Harriet will return in the Fall and if Ozzie is around working on the same nest that they have had for many years…(as well as defending his territory)….they most likely will get back together.
I certainly hope so…it all depends on Ozzie’s progress.
If you would like to see Ozzie’s progress with his injury…please click on the “Feature Video” in the upper right corner of my Home Page.
*pictures are from Andrew West/The News-Press
**For the past three mating seasons, Ozzie and mate Harriet have been watched by millions of people on Southwest Florida Eagle Cam.