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Jul 20, 2013 3:23 PM by Jesse Cohen

Drowning vulture rehabilitated, back in wild

OLATHE, Colo. (AP) - A wildlife rescue group in Olathe says they've rehabilitated and released a vulture that was saved from drowning earlier this month.

The Montrose Daily Press reports that a man walking near a canal in the Spring Creek area over the Fourth of July weekend spotted the bird struggling in the water. The man fished the bird out of the water with a board, took it home and surrounded the bird with hot water bottles to raise its temperature.

The bird was taken to Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue, where the rescue group housed it in an outdoor cage and fed it elk and rabbit meat for five days.

The rescue organization says the vulture was then released in a forested area.

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