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Wildlife Center of Va to release peregrine falcon

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 3:50am  ET

WARSAW, Va. (AP) -- The Wildlife Center of Virginia will release a peregrine falcon at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

The release will occur on Wednesday. The falcon was admitted to the Wildlife Center on Oct. 18.

The wildlife center based in Waynesboro says the rare bird was fished out of the Rappahannock River. It was one of two female peregrines that had locked talons, possibly in a dispute over territory.

The bird had sustained only minor injuries and was moved to the center's outdoor flight pens on Oct. 21 and to the center's largest flight pen on Oct. 23.

The peregrine is regarded as the fastest animal on earth with a diving speed of about 217 miles per hour. There are about 20 known breeding pairs of peregrines in Virginia.

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