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Young Eagle released back into wild after being nursed to health at the Reykjavík family zoo

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  • The young eagle shortly after being rescued Rescued in late January the female eagle, which hatched last spring, has spent the past couple of months at the Reykjavík Family Zoo. Photo/Icelandic Institute of Natural History

The young eagle who came to the Reykjavík Family Zoo in January was released yesterday on Snæfellsnes peninsula, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV reports. Travellers spotted the injured eagle in a lava field west of the town of Stykkishólmur on the northern coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula in late January.

Local farmers and the director of the West Iceland Centre of Natural History captured the eagle and brought it to the Reykjavík Family Zoo where it received medical care and was nursed back to health. Initially it was feared the eagle had a broken wing, but veterinarians at the Reykjavík Zoo found that the eagle, a female who hatched last spring, had only lost a number of important flying feathers. After the feathers grew back the eagle was then released back into the wild.

Read more: Rescued eagle doing well and greeting visitors at the Reykjavík family zoo

According to RÚV the eagle seemed somewhat unsure of his newfound freedom, but he had been joined by other young eagles who flew circles over the young female as she was trying out her wings before taking to the sky. Employees of the West Iceland Centre of Natural History will keep an eye on the eagle for the next days.

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