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"Mighty Mac" eagle released near Mackinac Bridge

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MACKINAC COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

“Mighty Mac” is flying on his own again.

The bald eagle was rescued in early August when someone in Manistee County noticed the raptor sitting on a fence post at a horse ranch.

He was clearly weakened by some illness or injury and didn’t put up a struggle when Wings of Wonder founder and Director Rebecca Lessard captured him.

Lessard believes Mighty Mac was suffering from West Nile Virus, something that often kills raptors because they can’t hunt, and starve to death.

"He responded quite well to treatment, which means he was rescued just in time," Lessard said. "Mighty Mac graduated from intensive care to a small flight pen designed to restrict flying. He is now in a larger 100-foot flight pen where he has been stretching his wings and building his aerobic conditioning."

Now that the 7-to-10-year-old raptor is fully rehabilitated and strong, “Mighty Mac” was released back into the wild on Tuesday, Oct. 4 near the Mackinac Bridge.

“Mighty Mac” weighs about 10 pounds, and has a wingspan of roughly 6 feet.

"He's a seasoned, mature adult who is ready to fly free," Lessard said. "He's 'feather perfect' and shows no sign of ever being in captivity."

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