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June 19, 2014

Auburn University war eagle dies at age 34

— AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University officials say an eagle that once soared over home football games has died at age 34.

University officials said in a statement that Tiger — known as War Eagle VI — underwent surgery for a cataract in her left eye Tuesday and veterinarians determined more operations were necessary. Dr. James Bellah, director of the Southeastern Raptor Center said she risked complete vision loss without additional surgery. Bellah says the bird appeared to be recovering after surgery but died overnight.

University officials said in a statement Wednesday that Tiger was the first to fly free during home football games at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Officials say Tiger retired after her 2006 flight over the Auburn-Georgia game.

Officials say a necropsy has been requested and plans for a memorial service are pending.

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