VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - A majestic bald eagle named Canaan is once again spreading her wings in the skies above South Mississippi.
Canaan was released back into the wild Sunday at Wild Heart Rescue in Vancleave after spending nine months in rehabilitation after flying into a power line in Biloxi.
Wild at Heart owners Doug Pojeky and Missy Dubuisson took Canaan under their wings after the dreadful accident. The eagle was named for the man who initially found her clinging to life in East Biloxi.
Once he got a call about the injured eagle, Doug rushed to the scene and immediately began caring for Canaan.
"Canaan suffered soft tissue damage to her left wing," Doug said in an interview with Mississippi Power. "She was given medications used to alleviate these feelings. Daily physical therapy was provided to keep her muscles from atrophy."
According to Doug, Canaan's family was never far off after the accident or during the long recovery. Doug said the eagle's family circled the Hard Rock while they gave her initial treatment and stayed close to her enclosure in Vancleave while she was rehabilitated.
"She has been the perfect patient. She has been off the meds now long enough to assure they are no longer needed, and she is ready to join her family in the wild where she belongs," said Doug.
Mississippi Power officials say they followed federal guidelines under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Mississippi's Avian Protection Plan for when they are dealing with dead or injured birds who may have come into contact with their power equipment.
"We've developed a great working relationship with Wild at Heart in 2014, because their primary goal is to rehabilitate these birds and release them back into their natural environments," Patrick Chubb, Senior Environmental Specialist, said. "They are fully licensed and permitted and have provided excellent care for Canaan."