ASHEBORO, NC - News-media representatives are invited to the Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the North Carolina Zoo on Saturday, Sept. 10, for the release into the wild of a bald eagle that was found injured near the city of Rockingham in late June.

Veterinarian staff from the rehab center will then take media representatives to an isolated area near Asheboro for the release.

Local media had covered an earlier examination of the bird done at the rehab center before it was sent to the Carolina Raptor Center at Huntersville. The zoo's rehab center did not have a flight cage large enough to accommodate the eagle during its final rehabilitation.
Before its trip to the raptor center, the eagle had been treated at the zoo for lead poisoning, which it was believed to have gotten from eating the carcass of an animal killed by lead bullets.

The point of contact for the release is Halley Buckanoff at 336-879-7644.

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment & Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary; Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor.