HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Dozens of spectators watched as a juvenile Bald Eagle spread its wings and flew off into the wild for the first time since being shot 6 months ago.
"Independence" is a fitting name for the young eagle taken in by the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville.. The group decided the release should come on the 4th of July.
A rehabilitator held the eagle wrapped in a white blanket until the Center director told her she could let it go.
With a gentle bend, the woman put the bird to the ground and it flew out of sight within seconds. The cheers followed the birds spectacular path as it disappeared.