QUIRKY WORLD ... Streaming bald eagle star dies after love duel in nest

USA:  A love triangle between bald eagles that played out before thousands of fans on a live webcam has ended badly in Florida with the death of Ozzie, longtime mate of Harriet, according to a Florida wildlife clinic.

Ozzie was critically wounded in an aerial battle with his rival, known as Frequent Visitor, who had been stalking Harriet’s nest as the start of mating season approached, the clinic said.

He died of cardiac arrest.

Bald eagles mate for life and eagle watchers had seen Ozzie and Harriet together for more than 20 years. They raised offspring for the past three seasons before more than 16m viewers on the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam on a Fort Myers ranch where the two settled in 2006.

“A very sad day but amazing to hear how Ozzie has touched so many,” said a post on the SWFL Eagle Cam Twitter account.

Ozzie collapsed of septic shock from his wounds, said Heather Barron, the avian medical specialist and surgeon who treated Ozzie at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel Islands.

He underwent two surgeries, treatment with intravenous fluids and powerful antibiotics, and open-chested cardiopulmonary resuscitation before dying in front of his medical team.

“There was just no bringing him back. We all tried so hard,” Barron said.

Star gazing

ENGLAND:

Star Wars fans and commuters found themselves immersed in the midst of the Death Star trench run as they travelled around a galaxy not too far away.

The 15m-long 3D artwork, a recreation of the scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, runs underneath Southwark Bridge in London, close to London Bridge station and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on Bankside.

The trench run featured in George Lucas’s 1977 film, when Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing and his fellow rebel pilots try to destroy the Death Star while avoiding being shot down by the Imperial fleet and its TIE fighters.

Penguin poo

ENGLAND:

An allotment owner has contacted The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham with an unusual request — seeking droppings from its Gentoo penguin colony.

Jane Ffoulkes heard penguin poo was a good fertiliser for plants.

She said: “The excrement, known as guano, contains the contents of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium, all three essential nutrients for plant growth.”

Sadly, though, her request was denied due to licensing restrictions.

Bride and boom

USA:

A wedding gift was no joke to security agents in a screening room at Denver International Airport.

An agent watching an X-ray monitor spotted wax and fuses inside a checked bag. Officials said the bride and groom’s names both start with a T, so their wedding souvenirs were labelled ‘TNT’. The agents determined that while the wax and fuses were on bottles that said ‘TNT’, inside was just bath salts.

Screen battle

USA:

A Vermont woman is taking down a huge screen she built to block her view of her neighbour’s home.

Ruth Dwyer has agreed to remove the 18m by 7m structure by November 1 as part of a settlement filed earlier this month. Dwyer will face a $200 fine for each day the screen remains up if she does not remove it by that date.

Dwyer has said one of her horses was startled by a child on the neighbour’s driveway, prompting her to plant trees to block the view. She had the temporary screen installed while they grow. Thetford officials say it violates planning rules.


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