And what a long journey it was - but not as long as it might have been.
After being rescued last spring, WCV veterinarians discovered why the raven was unable to fly. Tests showed that she was suffering from skin problems caused by mites, and as a result she'd lost many of her feathers, including those on her wings necessary to facilitate flight.
The raven responded well to treatment and her skin condition soon cleared, but the absence of her flight feathers meant returning to the wild wasn't an immediate option. Center staff had considered keeping her for the many months it would take for the feathers to grow back, but to avoid having the bird endure the stresses of captivity for so long, they opted for another option - a feather transplant.