Following nearly 10 weeks of medical care and rehabilitation, a red-tailed hawk rescued and brought to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine was released back into the wild.

Mark Freeman, assistant professor on Virginia Tech’s Small Animal Clinical Sciences faculty, first treated the bird when it was brought in July 8. It was transferred to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke for additional medical care before being sent to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro for rehabilitation. 

The hawk was released on Oct. 4 behind the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Here's a look at the release.

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Mark Freeman, of the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinarian Medicine, treated the hawk before transferring it to the care of Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke and Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro. Freeman and Kelli Knight, of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, prepare to release the hawk.
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Knight holds the rehabilitated animal before its release.
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Freeman releases the hawk.
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Freeman watches the rehabilitated hawk fly away.

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