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6/7/2012 (2 years ago)

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Virginia Wildlife Center released rehabbed golden eagle.

A 4-year-old golden eagle has been released after a three-month rehabilitation period at the Virginia Wildlife Center.

A 4-year-old golden eagle has been released after a three-month rehabilitation period.

A 4-year-old golden eagle has been released after a three-month rehabilitation period.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/7/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: nature, golden eagle, wildlife, rehabbed, rescue


ARLINGTONG, VA (Catholic Online) - The bird was brought to the center on February 23 with a fractured radius bone, missing secondary feathers, and a patch of skin on the left wing, which is the result of a Department of Game and Inland Fisheries trapping accident. The bird was taken in, anesthetized, and underwent surgery the very next day. The wound was sutured and cleaned every other day for a couple months.

"If you can chuck them off a cliff or a really steep slope, then they'll go toward the horizon and they'll go. That's what we'll go for today," veterinarian Dr. Dave McRuer told the group, however was not sure if this would happen for sure. "Once we give him a toss, we don't know exactly what this bird will do."

The bird expanded its 7-foot wing span, and after a few minutes, McRuer held the bird above his head and tossed him in the air. The bird, to everyone's relief, took off and sped out of view.

Then, after a few moments, something happened that no one expected. The eagle circled back and flew around the spectators for a couple minutes, until a red-tailed hawk drove him off

"That doesn't happen often," McRuer said of the bird circling back. "That bird, if it wants to, it could be in Pennsylvania by this evening."

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Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


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That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.



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