- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

CANTON, Miss. (AP) - A bald eagle found injured 10 months ago has returned to the wild in Madison County.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1Vpg0Lf) the bird took flight Wednesday, only to land a short distance away. After a few moment of surveying the landscape, the bird once again took flight and landed high in a tree about 120 yards away.

The eagle was found by a hunter in Rankin County. X-rays at an animal hospital revealed shotgun pellets lodged in the skin, but it was not considered to be a recent injury. The bird was then released to the Jackson Zoo.

The eagle was in a cage large enough to allow for flight, but still limited in range. Donna Todd of the Jackson Zoo speculates the eagle may not have initially soared because he wasn’t sure how far he could fly.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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