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Watch: Family of rescued bald eagles released into wild

They were found in rough shape in Aitkin County last month.

Three bald eagles have returned to the Minnesota skies after a brush with death and a stay at a wildlife rehab center. 

The eagles, two adults and a juvenile, were rescued near Clear Lake in Aitkin County last month. Per a release from the DNR, the adults were found on the ground on June 21, unable to fly because of a likely injury from another animal. 

Meanwhile, the juvenile — which wasn't yet old enough to fly — was found in a nearby nest and rescued thanks to a tree service employee who "climbed the 55-foot white pine" to reach the bird.

The eagles were taken to Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation in Garrison to recuperate, and on Friday, they were released back into the wild. You can watch that moment right here:

On hand were DNR Conservation Officer Lt. Robert Gorecki, staff from Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation and "members of the Donahue family," the DNR notes. 

"The three eagles have been fully rehabilitated and are ready to live again in the wild," the agency says.

Minnesota is described as something of a "hot spot" for the booming American bald eagle population due to the large amount of water in the state, MSP Magazine reported.

As the publication noted, the bald eagle has come screaming back from the brink of extinction, with 316,700 individual birds in the lower 48 states.

They were removed from the endangered species list in 2007.

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