Sue, Syracuse University’s Famous Red-Tailed Hawk, Has Died
Sue, the popular red-tailed hawk that lived on Syracuse University's campus, has passed away.
Several people reported seeing a felled hawk on the campus grounds on the evening of January 13th. The bird was taken to Page Wildlife Center in Manlius and treated for head trauma, but she sadly succumbed to her injuries.
Sue has lived on campus with her mate Otto since 2012. The pair became locally famous in 2017 after the University installed a "nest cam" that streamed their exploits on Red-Tailed Hawk Tales Facebook page.
Sue & Otto have bore 28 chicks in their time living on Syracuse University's campus. Birdwatchers enjoyed dropping in on the happy couple via the nest cam as they tended to their chicks.
The Facebook page's administrator, Anne Marie Higgins, posted the devastating news on Tuesday, January 17th:
This is a tragic loss for her devoted mate Otto, and the pairs admirers at Syracuse University, in the local community, and around the world who have followed Sue and Otto and their 28 progeny...Red-tailed Hawks mate for life and when one dies, the surviving hawk usually finds another mate. We hope in time that Otto will find a new mate and they both will continue to thrive.