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Dakota Zoo Eagle to Be Released Into the Wild Soon

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A bald eagle at the Dakota Zoo will soon be getting his freedom back.

The eagle came to the zoo from the Devils Lake area after his wing was injured, and is currently being rehabilitated.

Dakota Zoo Director Terry Lincoln says all of the eagles that come to the zoo are injured.

He says the ones that can fly are taken care of and released back into the wild.

And, the ones that can't fly stay at the zoo permanently, or are sent to another animal sanctuary.

The injured birds exercise twice a day to strengthen their wings.

Lincoln says rehabilitation time depends on the injury.

"The one behind me here is slated for release probably in about two to three weeks. He's doing really well in his rehabilitation. But he came in with a broken wing and so it's amazing, if we get him quick enough and the break isn't too severe they heal in a quick hurry," says Dakota Zoo Director Terry Lincoln.

Lincoln thinks this eagle may have a mate and hopes the bird will be released into the wild as close as possible to where he was found.

Currently, the Dakota Zoo has three bald eagles.

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