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Bald eagle among birds of prey on display at state fair exhibit

Aquila, a bald eagle, is one of the birds of prey featured at the KY State Fair. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Aquila, a bald eagle, is one of the birds of prey featured at the KY State Fair. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Debbie Cooper (Source: WAVE 3 News) Debbie Cooper (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Ruby, a saw-whet owl, was injured by a moving vehicle. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Ruby, a saw-whet owl, was injured by a moving vehicle. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Shawnee, a golden eagle, is also featured in the Raptor Rehab booth. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Shawnee, a golden eagle, is also featured in the Raptor Rehab booth. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Carrie McGraw (Source: WAVE 3 News) Carrie McGraw (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - You and your family may go for the fun, but there's a nugget of knowledge around every corner at the Kentucky State Fair.

It may not be the main attraction, but fair goers are fascinated with an exhibit in South Wing C.

Eagles, owls and other birds of prey are perched in a booth run by the Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky.

"We work birds and try to nurse them back to health. There are more than 300 that come in every year, but not all of them make it. Some have to be euthanized. Those are the bad days, but the days when we release a bird - those are really, really good days," volunteer Debbie Cooper said.

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The non-profit rehabilitates injured raptors, raises orphaned birds of prey and increases public awareness about the importance of raptors. The organization releases more than 60 percent of the birds they take in back into the wild, according to its website.

"It's just incredible to see a bald eagle so tame and trained," Carrie McGraw said. She brought her children by the exhibit to check out the birds on display.

"This is what the state fair is all about - hands on education. They can sit in a classroom and that's important, but to get them out here to see things right in front and be able to ask questions to those who directly work with raptors - that's a unique experience," McGraw said.

Click here to learn more about Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky.

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