- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Colorado State University officials say their sheep mascot who died the day of a major rivalry game did so of natural causes.

The Coloradoan reports (https://noconow.co/1iLnKGi ) that CAM the Ram had been sick for a week before dying Saturday. A substitute had to be sent in for CAM at the Rocky Mountain Showdown with the CU Buffaloes.

Associate professor of animal sciences Kraig Peel says CAM’s breed, Rambouillet sheep, usually live to be 6 to 8 years old.

CAM was the 24th Rambouillet to serve as mascot. He served for four years and was 6 years old.

CAM 24 was replaced by CAM 25, who officials say has the right temperament and personality to be mascot. CAM 25 is CAM 24’s half-brother.

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This story has been corrected to show that the sheep mascot died the day of the rivalry game and that its replacement is its half-brother.

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Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, https://www.coloradoan.com

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