During the past two weeks Turkey Vulture #21-3227 showed no signs of a respiratory infection or other health issues. After completing its course of medication, the rehabilitation team moved the vulture to the A1 flight pen for assessment and exercise, and found that it was able to fly well and had the appropriate stamina to return to the wild.
On September 27, the veterinary team examined the bird and cleared it for release. On Tuesday, September 28 the rescuers picked up the vulture from the Center and successfully released it in an area close to where it was found. They reported that it hopped out of its crate, then gracefully took flight and joined other vultures circling overhead.