Rescued eagle released at refuge in Va. Beach

Rescued eagle released at refuge in Va. Beach

Credit: Wildlife Center of Virginia

The bald eagle under care at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro

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Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 26 at 8:43 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- An eagle rescued from Virginia's Eastern Shore earlier this month returned to the wild Thursday afternoon.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro cared for the immature bald eagle and then released it at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach.

The bird was brought to the center on March 9 after four dead eagles were found in Northampton County. State wildlife officials are investigating the other birds' deaths.

The surviving eagle was given a physical examination at the center. It was found to have elevated lead levels. Metal fragments were also detected in the bird's digestive track.

The eagle fully recovered and was been deemed fit for release.

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust told 13News Thursday they are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for poisoning the 6 bald eagles in Northampton County.

Read more about the eagle's care.

Click here to see video of the eagle being released.

AP-WF-04-25-13 0706GMT

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