A bald eagle that has been nursed back to health by the Wildlife Center of Virginia is returning to the wild.
The Waynesboro center says the release is planned for Thursday at the 378-acre Zoar State Forest in King William County that's managed by the Virginia Department of Forestry.
The adult eagle was rescued by an animal control officer at the King and Queen County landfill in early October. After a physical exam, the bird was found to have low levels of lead in its blood and had two pieces of metal in its stomach. The center's veterinarians treated the eagle with antibiotics and fluids.
Since its founding in 1982, the center has cared for more than 60,000 wild animals. So far in 2012, it has admitted 30 bald eagles.