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Stephanie Lindsell, wildlife rehabilitation manager for New Mexico Wildlife Center, releases a great horned owl Tuesday evening at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque. 

A female great horned owl took flight over the Rio Grande on Tuesday, more than two years after it was found injured along Interstate 25 near Albuquerque.

The owl spent over 700 days at the New Mexico Wildlife Center in Española before animal rehabilatator Stephanie Lindsell was able to release it at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque’s South Valley.

“Typically, patients aren’t in care for this long, so this one is really special for us,” Lindsell said Tuesday before the bird’s release. “We are so happy to finally be setting her free.”

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Stephanie Lindsell, wildlife rehabilitation manager at New Mexico Wildlife Center, holds a great horned owl about to be released back into the wild after more than two years in rehabilitation. The owl was released at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque.



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Stephanie Lindsell and Laura Siegel, wildlife rehabilitators with New Mexico Wildlife Center, walk into the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque to release a great horned owl Tuesday before sunset.

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A released great horned owl takes flight at sunset Tuesday at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque.

 

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