- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

KING GEORGE, Va. (AP) - A young bald eagle found at the King George County landfill is being returned to the wild after more than two months on the mend.

The release Wednesday will be at Caledon State Park, with the president of the Wildlife Center of Virginia doing the honors. The public is welcome to witness the eagle’s release by Ed Clark, who also founded the Waynesboro center.

Rehabilitators believe the bird was likely hatched in early 2013. It was found face down in the mud at the county landfill on Aug. 28.

Veterinarians examined the bird and found an ulcer on its right eye, and lab testing found high levels of lead in the eagle’s blood. The center says eagles and other scavenger birds get lead poisoning from lead shot or fragments.

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