Wild and free once more
AITKIN—Injured in a collision with a car, an adult bald eagle was cared for by veterinarians at the Wild and Free program at the Garrison Animal Hospital until it was ready to be released into the wild.
This spring, Dr. Katie Baratto, veterinarian at Wild and Free, released the eagle in front of a group of school children at Rippleside Elementary School in Aitkin. Each year, the school kids raise money for Wild and Free, which tries to do a release at the school.
The eagle was loaded into a carrier for the trip. After a short talk about the bird's rehabilitation, Baratto helped launch the bird in time with a countdown by the children. As the eagle flew toward the woods, the children cheered, jumped up and down and gave the national bird a standing ovation.
Wild and Free is a nonprofit dedicated to caring for local wildlife, as well as educating people about wildlife and habitat. Go to www.brainerddispatch.com for additional photos.