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MEDFORD - A female osprey found stuck in the mud was rehabilitated and released back into the wild recently.

The team at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge rehabbed the bird, and once she got back to full health, released her in June back at Amico Island Park in Riverside where it was found initially unable to stand or fly, according to a press release.

After a Burlington County Park Ranger found the bird in the mud, the rehabilitation staff at Woodford Cedar Run examined and treated the osprey with fluids and tube-fed her after discovering the bird was dehydrated.

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“Ospreys are typically known to be challenging when it comes to rehabilitation, so our team was very diligent when taking care of her in hopes that she would not injure herself when refusing food or treatments,” said Lori Swanson, director of wildlife rehabilitation at Cedar Run in a statement.

The rehab team determined the osprey was healthy enough for the outdoors, and transferred it to Woodford Cedar Run’s largest flight enclosure, the release said. The team soon realized the osprey was strong enough to fly on her own and was healthy enough to return to the wild.

They released the osprey where it was found on Amico Island Park, a 55-acre peninsula of forest, meadow and wetlands at the confluence of the Rancocas Creek and Delaware River.

An osprey is a fish-eating bird of prey, commonly seen over shorelines and other waterways, according to allaboutbirds.com. They are “very large, distinctively shaped hawks,” and are often brown above and white below.

“We are beyond thrilled that we were able to help her make a full recovery,” Swanson said.

Celeste E. Whittaker: (856) 486-2437; cwhittaker@gannettnj.com

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