The center writes that although a couple of the feathers ultimately fell out, the transplant was a success nonetheless. Two weeks later, the bird is flying once again, and should soon be well on her way to going home.
"[The raven] is doing very well after having several feathers imped in September. The bird lost two of the feathers that were imped last month, but she is flying well."
The bird has since been moved to a larger enclosure to build her strength. She is expected to be released next month.
Imping is a relatively rare procedure, says Amanda Nicholson from the Wildlife Center, but it can make all the difference for birds who might otherwise stay grounded because of problems with their wing feathers.
"We probably imp about two or three birds a year," Nicholson tells The Dodo. "Fortunately, we're not required to do it often. It certainly can be useful though when their feathers are such that imping is a good option."