ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — An american bald eagle was released back into the wild Saturday morning.
Veterinarians found 2-year-old Yangchen on North Topsail Beach with symptoms of lead poisoning.
Yangchen has been in the care of staff at the Cape Fear Raptor Center since last October.
Veterinarians released her back with a GPS unit to track her all along the way.
Cape Fear Raptor Center’s Dr. Joni Gnyp said, “Biologist can tell based on what the eagles are doing and what other species are doing by using the GPS unit. The whole ecosystem works in one big circle. Yangchen needs to get out there and make more eaglets when she becomes breeding age, which will be in about 3 or 4 years, and that will show us her migration patterns, where she goes, and what eagles need to do.”
The Cape Fear Raptor Center is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing rehabilitative medical and surgical care for injured birds of prey.