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Rehabilitators free bald eagle in Virginia, just ahead of American Eagle Day

On Friday, the Wildlife Center of Virginia released a rehabilitated eagle that had fallen, injured, into a Gloucester resident's yard on March 9.
Credit: Barb Melton
Bald Eagle freed by Wildlife Center of Virginia, June 19, 2020

GLOUCESTER, Va. — The Wildlife Center of Virginia celebrated American Eagle Day early this year, when they released a rehabilitated bald eagle in Gloucester County on June 19.

A release from the center said a Gloucester resident saw the bird fall into her yard on March 9. It was admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on March 11, and was "treated for puncture wounds, injuries, and lead poisoning."

Friday, one day ahead of the namesake eagle's annual holiday, the bird was released near the site it was initially discovered.

This year, the center has admitted 24 eagles for treatment and rehabilitation.

American Eagle Day on June 20 commemorates the anniversary of the Continental Congress adopting its likeness on the Great Seal in 1782.

Credit: Barb Melton
Eagle takes off after release in Gloucester County

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