Dolly Parton helps eagles return to wild

Dolly Parton helps eagles return to wild

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Before she helped open the cage and watched the bird soar away, Dolly Parton named it "Liberty." Before she helped open the cage and watched the bird soar away, Dolly Parton named it "Liberty."

DANDRIDGE (AP) -- Entertainer Dolly Parton visited the woods overlooking Douglas Lake near the Great Smoky Mountains in her signature style, designer buckskins and four-inch heels.

But she knew she wasn't the star of this show. It was a young American bald eagle.

The eagle was blown from its nest several weeks ago in Florida.

On Thursday, it was returned to the wild by the American Eagle Foundation, which is based at Parton's Dollywood theme park.

Some 90 eagles have been released from the same spot since the 1990s. But this marks the first time that their country music benefactor had seen it in person.

Before she helped open the cage and watched the bird soar away, Parton named it "Liberty."

Says Parton, "I thought that sounded better than Baldy."

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