Mary Marquez of Sunnyside was given the honor of freeing the white bird because she had rescued the baby egret after its mother did not return to the nest. She then turned the egret over to the Blue Mountain Wildlife in Pendleton.
Director Lynn Tompkins told Tri-City Herald it was only the second egret the rehabilitation center has had in 25 years.
They knew it was ready to be released when it was eating a half-pound of fish a day and starting to fly well.
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