LEWISBURG (AP) — A female bald eagle has been released back to the wilds of West Virginia after recovering from zinc poisoning.
The eagle was released Wednesday following nearly three weeks of rehabilitation at the Three Rivers Avian Center.
The Charleston Gazette reports that the bird was found by a worker at the Greenbrier County landfill on Aug. 10. Blood tests on the ailing bird concluded it was suffering from zinc poisoning, likely from rodent poison.
The eagle was nursed back to health on a diet that included white rats.
The bird took flight from a hayfield near Lewisburg.