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Red-Tailed Hawk Released to the Wild

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After five weeks of rest, recovery and rehab at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a young red-tailed hawk returned to the wild Wednesday.

The juvenile hawk was brought to the center in Waynesboro last month, after apparently being hit by a car in Nelson County.  It had some bruises and a small chest wound, but was in overall good health.

Wildlife Center of Virginia fans watched it like a hawk through the online "Critter Cam," and saw its release near Afton on Wednesday.

"We have very loyal followers who like to come in and learn about the animals that are being rehabilitated," said Wildlife Center of Virginia veterinarian Dave McRuer.  "It's also a great opportunity for our veterinary staff to monitor the birds without having to actually put our physical presence in front of the animals, so we're not stressing them out."

McRuer tossed the hawk into the prevailing wind, and nature took over.  The bird is just 6 or 7 months old and still too young for his trademark red tail, but old enough to hunt for food.

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