A wild turkey vulture that managed to get stuck inside a boiler room at the site of a former hospital in Waterville, Maine, has been released back to its natural habitat.
The Morning Sentinel reports the bird was set free Wednesday, a week after it was rescued from the boiler room of the former Seton Hospital.
Bird experts believe the turkey vulture possibly was scouting nesting places when it fell down a smokestack that led to the boiler room.
The bird had been flying around the boiler room for a couple days before the building manager contacted Waterville Animal Control.
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Unable to catch the turkey vulture, animal control officer Chris Martinez called Avian Haven to assist in extracting the bird, which then spent time recovering at Avian Haven's rehabilitation center.