Majestic, proud, glorious, noble, triumphant- just a few words used to describe the eagle. Whatever words you may use there is no doubt in the emotion and pride the animal invokes on the beholder.
Hope is no different. Her keen eyes and graceful flight awe-inspired a crowd of over 100 people this weekend as she was returned to the wild. The journey had been a hard on for her. In early January Hope was found weak and disoriented by Wautoma, WI resident Candy Bandt. Thankfully she was rescued in time! The staff at Raptor Educational Group Inc (REGI) were able to diagnose her aliment as lead poisoning and put her through the intense treatment to reverse it's affects. During the interim 2 months Hope's friends and supporters were able to raise $1900 towards her treatment and was donated directly to REGI.
After a delay due to extreme cold weather in the area, Hope was triumphantly released back into her wild territory on March 8th 2013. I was very thankful to have witnessed this event and behold the graceful swoop of eagle wings as Hope sailed off into the sunshine. It was a very brief moment, however it is one I shall not forget.
Everyone waited patiently for Hope's arrival.
Candy Bandt with DNR Warden Ben Mott, Veterinarian Kristina Mott, fellow benefactor Chip Hutler and REGI representatives Steve and Evie Fisher. Steve gave us an insightful speech on Hope and her rehabilitation before she was released.
Finally it was time, and Hope made her entrance.
After her crate was opened we waited with bated breath. The seconds felt like minutes. One quick peek, and then she was OFF!
Off into the wild where she belongs, however I do not feel she will be quickly forgotten. The community and collaboration Hope has inspired will have long lasting results. Thank you Candy for the invite, it was a pleasure to have taken part!