Great Plains Zoo releases rehabilitated raptors at state park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The Great Plains Zoo released two American Kestrels at the Good Earth State Park Wednesday after nursing them back to health.

The Kestrels were brought to the zoo after Sioux Falls Animal Control found them unable to fly because of their young age and lack of feathers.

The zoo helps these birds through a rehabilitation program. State park officials say that the partnership between them and the zoo is beneficial to the animals and the staff who want the rehabilitated birds to thrive in the wild.

"It's really nice that there is someone that can help them get back to health, and it's nice that we can be part of that process," said park manager Jim Henning.

State park officials said Good Earth State Park is a perfect habitat for these birds.