Raptor released back into the wild after recovery at raptor center

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM.

Aang is named after the main character from the “Avatar: The Last Airbender” television series. The first minutes after the bird’s release on the golf course, he flew over a water hazard, chased a flock of geese into the water and sat near the green, next to his former caretakers.

Members of the raptor center spent the next few minutes trying to coax Aang into flying into the trees and starting his new life. Gnyp said Aang was found after he left the nest and learned how to fend for himself but has been fed by caretakers for the past three months. Gnyp said that Aang is in shape to fly and has done so numerous times at the raptor center.

“He is used to me as his source of food,” Gnyp said. “He doesn’t look to me to get any sort of camaraderie or relationship other than I’m his fish source. He’s dependent on me to feed him for the last three months.”

Aang is still a young eagle and won’t receive the iconic white plumage on his head for another 2 to 3 years, but Gnyp said she expects Aang to be fine.

She does not expect to see him ever again.

“It’s amazing how quickly they revert back to the wild,” Gnyp said

An app available from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences allows users to track wildlife via a small backpack. Aang is carrying such a tracking device. 

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