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Dec. 9, 2010 Volume 32, No. 15

Eagle Rare to fly again

A mature bald eagle grounded by multiple fractures and nursed back to health by the University of Missouri Raptor Rehabilitation Project, will be released back into the wild this weekend. The release will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 11 at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area.

Eagle Rare was found near Paris, Mo., and brought to the Raptor Rehabilitation Project last January. She had a broken left wing and a broken pelvis. Surgery was performed to repair the fractures in the wing, and she was moved into a flight cage for further rehabilitation. She has continued to improve and is now flying strongly.

The Raptor Rehabilitation Project educates the public about birds of prey, combining natural history and species information for educational programs. The project also gives veterinary students, community members and other students the opportunity to work hands-on with professional veterinary medical faculty and cutting-edge technology to rehabilitate and release injured or ill birds.