A bald eagle nursed back to health after falling from its nest last June is now flying in the wild.
The American Eagle Foundation released the 1-year-old eagle named Winfield on Douglas Lake Thursday morning.
The eagle was about 6 weeks old when he blew out of his nest last year. He broke several tail feathers that have since grown back.
He's spent the last several months rehabilitating at Dollywood.
"It had to be watched closely at first and then in the initial stage of rehab. Then it was put in a flight cage for most of the time that we had it. And, of course, it has to be fed everyday, but with minimum human contacts so it doesn't become imprinted on people," said Al Cecere of the American Eagle Foundation.
The American Eagle Foundation has helped restore the eagle population in our state.
In the 1980's, there was only one bald eagle pair left in Tennessee. Since then, more than 300 eagles have been released across the state.