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Posted at 11:57 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Library of Congress hawk set free

By Elizabeth Flock

The female hawk that captured national attention after taking shelter in the Library of Congress last month was set free Tuesday, NBC reported today.

The hawk, which Washington Post readers dubbed "Jefferson," librarians called "Shirley," and DCites flocked to the library to see, was captured from the library after days of futile attempts.

The hawk was emaciated upon capture, and was sent to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia to recuperate. Birder Linda Moore, who helped care for "Jefferson" at the Conservancy, released the hawk Tuesday at the Sky Meadows State Park near Delaplane, NBC reported. The hawk was gone in seconds.

Watch the video of Jefferson's release:

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 8, 2011; 11:57 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Elizabeth Flock, Virginia  
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