American Bald Eagle released to wild after extensive rehab

Photo: Dan McDermott/

(WJLA) - A majestic American Bald Eagle - one of the symbols of our nation - was released back into the wild Wednesday after being rescued from the side of a Virginia highway several months ago.

According to Dan McDermott of, the bald eagle was rescued from along Interstate 66 this past October by a Virginia State Police trooper. It then underwent surgery and rehab at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Clarke County.

The eagle was released into the wild at a ceremony in Front Royal on New Year's day.