Red tailed hawk takes first flight in months

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Posted by Debra Worley - email

LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WECT) - A red tailed hawk was able to soar in the sky again, after spending the past two months recovering under human care from a broken wing.

Sam Melville said he saw the vehicle in front of him swerve and hit the large bird standing on the white line of the road.  He pulled over to help the hawk, and called Ranger Toby Hall at the Lake Waccamaw State Park.

The two men managed to catch the hawk in a cardboard box, and were able to take it to the Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter in Oak Island.

Shelter owner Mary Ellen Rogers nursed the hawk back to health, and then let her go back to the skies when she was ready.

"We figured that since January first is the beginning of the new year, what better way to celebrate than releasing a beautiful bird of this nature back into the wild?" said Hall.

The hawk hesitated a moment before taking flight, but now she's back in her natural habitat -soaring overhead.

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