SAN RAMON (KCBS)— A Golden Eagle that suffered a severe mite infestation was released healthy and strong at Las Trampas Regional Park in San Ramon on Friday.

U.C. Davis veterinarians say they’ve never seen anything like it and that the bird, affectionately named ‘Mighty Mite’ was in such bad shape at the height of the infestation, she was on the brink of death.

READ MORE: Tsunami Alert Forces Daylong Evacuation of Berkeley Marina

Michelle Hawkins, director of the California Raptors Center, described the eagle’s condition when she arrived in August of last year.

“She had no feathers on her head or her neck. She looked like a vulture. She had no feathers on her belly, so that wouldn’t allow her to thermoregulate to maintain her temperature,” said Hawkins.

READ MORE: Pacific Tsunami Update: Waves Surge Onto Bay Area Beaches Following Huge Tonga Volcano Blast

The eagle underwent several months of intense rehabilitation. The wildlife program manager of East Bay Regional Park Doug Bell helped to trap the Golden Eagle at Altamont Pass.

He said mite infestation among these raptors is rare.

“A mite infestation of this nature in golden eagles has never been reported before. So it was very important to describe the condition and to get the word out,” he said.

MORE NEWS: Bengals Stop Late Raiders Rally; Vegas One and Done in Playoffs

Mite opened her six-foot-wing span and flew over Las Trampas where she was soon joined by a red-tail hawk and a turkey vulture.