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Bald eagle released by Rowena Wildlife Clinic



Symbol of Freedom: Volunteers release a bald eagle, found April 15 at Avery Park. After three weeks in rehabilitation, he takes to the sky.

After some hesitation May 7, a young, rehabilitated bald eagle decided to take advantage of the freedom offered to him.

The one-year-old male raptor was found April 15 at Avery Park near Wishram, unable to fly. An employee at the park contacted authorities at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at The Dalles Dam, who then called Rowena Wildlife Clinic in Rowena, Ore.

No one knew why the eagle had become incapacitated, and Dr. Jean Cypher, RWC founder and veterinarian, said that blood work showed he was suffering only muscle trauma.

At first the bird was a poor eater in captivity and clinic workers had to rip up his food and offer it to him. Before long, however, he was handling the job by hi...

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