BRUSSELS, IL (AP) – A wildlife center in Dow is preparing to release a bald eagle after months of rehabilitation and care.
TreeHouse Wildlife Center will release the eagle Saturday morning at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center near Brussels. The eagle arrived at the center on Feb. 25 after it was found on a bluff in Pike County. It was temporarily blind due to severe lead poisoning.
The Alton Telegraph reports the bird is now ready to return to the wild after its vision has returned. The eagle was also able to regain strength in its wings thanks to the center’s new “raptor complex,” a special flight cage designed to help bird practice flying and strengthen their wings.
The Dec. 6 event is free and open to the public.
Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.thetelegraph.com