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Pileated woodpecker released at Enterprise South Nature Park Friday

Image: Sherry Teas, Songbird rehabilitator for Happinest Wildlife Rehabilitation & Rescue

An injured but now rehabilitated pileated woodpecker will spread her wings and begin a new life Friday afternoon at Enterprise South Nature Park.

This pileated woodpecker, named Darlyn, came to Sherry Teas, Songbird rehabilitator for Happinest Wildlife Rehabilitation & Rescue back on January 23rd.

Teas says someone rescued Darlyn after spotting the songbird in a ditch.

Teas says they suspected Darlyn was hit by a car, which led to an injury called severe torticollis.

That's an abnormal neck position that is neurological and can happen after injury or viral infection.

Teas says they see a lot of birds with this injury, and it can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication or a laser treatment.

Teas also says Darlyn had the laser treatment two times a week for six weeks.

They established that Darlyn was about a year old, judging by her plumage.

Teas says Darlyn was banded Thursday by Dr. David Aburn, a biologist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The band is so scientists can still track Darlyn even after they set her free. It won't tell scientists exactly where she is, but if the bird is injured and found it can be tracked back to Chattanooga.

Pileated woodpeckers are the largest woodpecker in North America, and they're about the size of a crow.

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