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Bald Eagle Released Near Fort Lincoln

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An eagle makes for a majestic sight.

Today, one is literally thrown back into the wild.

Courtney Plante has the story.

Injured animals are nothing new to the Dakota Zoo.

"We saw on average maybe about 40 birds a year. Last year we saw 18 eagles," says Terry Lincoln, Zoo Director.

But this eagle was a little different.

"He had an extensive foot injury and for awhile there we didn't know if he was going to recover," says Terry Lincoln, Zoo Director.

The zookeeper's received the bird back in November.

With a little tender love and care -- and the removal of a toe -- the eagle was on the road to recovery.

"All along he was a feisty bird and had an aggressive attitude which is a great thing for eagles to have," says Terry Lincoln, Zoo Director

And he's a big show off.

(nat sound...1,2,3)

"It was cool. It was a pretty bird and I've never seen one that close, not a wild one like that," says Lucas Speidel.

"I thought it would be good for my kids to see an eagle getting to go back to nature," says Katie Bahm.

Lincoln says events like this make people aware of how important these birds are.

Reporting for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante.

Lincoln says they don't know where the bird's headed...but they know he is going in the right direction.

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