LITCHFIELD, Ill. — A bald eagle has taken to the skies in central Illinois after months of rehabilitation for injuries she received in a fight.

Martha was released at Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield as dozens of onlookers rooted her on.

The State Journal-Register reports some of the over 500 people attending the release Saturday said they hoped Martha would reunite with George, the bald eagle who has been her nesting partner. The two have known Lake Lou Yaeger south of Springfield as their home since the early 2000s.

Martha was found last April in a ditch just outside the entrance to Rainmaker Campground near Butler.

Friends of Lake Lou Yaeger president Robert Wilson said Martha was clawed under the neck area, and workers at the TreeHouse Wildlife Center in Dow wanted to make sure all of those injuries healed.

Information from: The State Journal-Register,

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