Cayce (WACH) -- A great horn owl recovering from an injury was released into the wild.
Shimmer the owl was found on the side of the road with a hurt foot on Christmas Day.
The owl was turned over to Carolina Wildlife Care, then transitioned to Paws Inc. and returned back to her habitat Wednesday.
"She took a nice long flight into the distance she didn't stop at the first second tree or probably the 20th tree she just took off," said Mercedes Curry.
Curry specializes in rehabilitating raptors.
During the process Mercedes grows close to the wild animals but releasing them is always tough.
"It's like my heart is soaring. When I can let them go it's like I'm flying too," said Curry.
There is not a way to monitor Shimmer on her flight to freedom, however, those who worked close to her wish the great horned owl the best.