Eagle released after recovery at Yakima bird sanctuary

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A bald eagle is now back in the wild after recuperating at a local sanctuary.

Amateur video shows the eagle's flight to freedom. Caretakers at Yakima's Raptor House released him near Ephrata.

The eagle spent about a month there recovering from lead poisoning. Doctors say the bird may have swallowed a bullet while feeding on a carcass left behind by a hunter.

The Raptor House was happy to see him go.

"It was awesome," said owner, Shannon Dalan. "It felt really good. We always love getting birds back into the wild where they belong. It's a great feeling. It's something that not everybody gets to experience."

The Raptor House will bring some of its birds to the Yakima Co-op's customer appreciation day next month. They want to help educate the public on rare birds.

Meanwhile, an owl that was reported stolen from the Raptor House in January is still missing.

There are no leads on finding the bird known as "Sherman." The sanctuary offered a $2,500 reward for the owl's safe return.