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Osprey that hatched dies at rehab center

TAMPA -- The only osprey that hatched after its egg was taken from a nest at the top of a crane at the Port of Tampa died Wednesday.

The chick appeared healthy as it emerged from its shell April 12 at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland. It was expected to ultimately thrive in the wild.

Instead, staff at the center noticed the chick had stopped growing despite being fed five times a day, said Lynda White, the center's Eagle Watch coordinator.

A staff member found the bird dead Wednesday morning. The cause of death is unknown. It's unclear whether the decision to move the eggs from the crane contributed.

The other two eggs taken out of the osprey nest didn't produce healthy chicks, either. One egg never had a viable embryo inside, but the other contained a fully developed chick that died without attempting to hatch.

White said it is common for chicks to die in the wild, so the chick's death may not have been preventable. Jani Salonen, a marine contractor, ordered the nest removed because it was preventing the use of his crane and causing his business to lose thousands of dollars each day.

Osprey that hatched dies at rehab center 04/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 4:05pm]

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