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Wildlife Center of Virginia to release bald eagle

Friday - 12/13/2013, 6:38am  ET

LANCASTER, Va. -- The Wildlife Center of Virginia will release a bald eagle at Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County.

The release will occur on Friday. The wildlife center says the bald eagle being released was rescued from Northumberland County in September. It had a fracture in part of its right shoulder.

The eagle has spent the past few weeks in the center's outdoor flight pens and has been flying well.

Virginia's bald eagle population is on the rebound. It was once down to 50 nests in the state, but there are now more than 1,000 active bald eagle nests.

Since its founding in 1982, the center has cared for more than 60,000 wild animals.

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