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Wildlife Center Treating 'Celebrity' Birds

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A peregrine falcon and great-horned owl are being treated at the facility. A peregrine falcon and great-horned owl are being treated at the facility.

A pair of high-profile patients are undergoing treatment at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

One of them is a female peregrine falcon that helped start the re-population of that rare species in Richmond. The Waynesboro hospital is treating her for a dislocated shoulder, broken bone and an eye injury. Since 2002, the falcon has been in the public eye through webcams and satellite tracking.

"She's produced three or four chicks a year, which really is a remarkable reproduction rate," said center Director Ed Clark. "Now we are seeing some of her offspring actually taking up residence in other cities. This female has been very, very significant to the restoration of the species in Virginia."

The center is also treating a great-horned owl that made headlines near Lynchburg when it was rescued from a chimney.

The owl has a better chance of returning to the wild.

Reported by Ken Slack
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