A timely show of patriotism took place on Monday—the Federal Government's official observance of Veteran's Day—when Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and the Carolina Raptor Center partnered to release a previously injured bald eagle back into the wild.
The adult eagle was brought to Riverbanks this past summer with a foot injury and a number of soft tissue wounds. After several weeks of medical care at the Zoo, the bird was transferred to the Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte where it underwent surgery to remove one of its toes and repair damaged feathers.
In late September, the eagle began an exercise regimen to rebuild flight muscles and prepare it for release, which was approved by veterinarians on November 1.
Riverbanks and CRC staff released the eagle near the Village at Lake Murray located at 820 Village Lane.
They named the eagle Patriot in honor of Veterans Day.