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GLOUCESTER (AP) -- A bald eagle nursed back to health after it tested positive for lead poisoning is set to take flight again back to the wild.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is scheduled to release the eagle Friday in Gloucester. The ailing bird was admitted to the Waynesboro center in March. Besides lead poisoning, it was dehydrated and had fluid in its lungs.

The eagle has been in the center's outdoor flight pens since April 8. It has demonstrated it's ready to go back to the wild.

Virginia's bald eagle population is on the rebound. It was once down to 50 nests in the state, but there are now more than 1,000 active bald eagle nests.

The release will occur at 1:00 p.m. at the Beaverdam Park in Gloucester. The rendezvous spot for the release is the Ranger Station at 8687 Roaring Springs Road.

AP-WF-05-17-13 0707GMT

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