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The bird hung upside down on a power line for hours before help arrived. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Animal Services.

Injured bird released back into wild after nearly 3-week rehab

Friday, Jun. 9, 2017 |

The bird hung upside down on a power line for hours before help arrived. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Animal Services.

During its rehabilitation, the bird was treated for heat and stress-related injuries, as well as an injured foot. Photo courtesy Wildlife Center of Venice.

Friday, Jun. 9, 2017 |

During its rehabilitation, the bird was treated for heat and stress-related injuries, as well as an injured foot. Photo courtesy Wildlife Center of Venice.

Kevin Barton, director of the Wildlife Center of Venice, carried the great blue heron into the Celery Fields for release.

Friday, Jun. 9, 2017 |

Kevin Barton, director of the Wildlife Center of Venice, carried the great blue heron into the Celery Fields for release.

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After nearly three weeks at the Wildlife Center of Venice, the bird waited patiently to be released back into its natural habitat.

Friday, Jun. 9, 2017 |

After nearly three weeks at the Wildlife Center of Venice, the bird waited patiently to be released back into its natural habitat.

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When the create was open, the bird cautiously poked his head out of the crate before taking off.

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When the create was open, the bird cautiously poked his head out of the crate before taking off.

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The bird took flight almost immediately after being released from its crate.

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The bird took flight almost immediately after being released from its crate.

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The bird took flight almost immediately after being released from its crate.

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The bird took flight almost immediately after being released from its crate.

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The rehabilitated great blue heron circled around the area it was released.

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The rehabilitated great blue heron circled around the area it was released.

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The heron came to rest in a nearby pond, happy to be back home.

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The heron came to rest in a nearby pond, happy to be back home.

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