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A young Eastern imperial eagle rescued by the teams of two nature protection organizations, on the way to freedom!

A young Eastern imperial eagle rescued by the teams of two nature protection organizations, on the way to freedom!

21.07.2021
This is a story about an Eastern imperial eagle with great luck, but also a story that can teach us, the people of love and devotion.
How did it all start?

Well, quite normally, with a phone call to the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre for an eagle found. At the signal, our team, filled with a great deal of skepticism, still responded and under a tree in the middle of the field, found a real eagle. And that, not anything, but Imperial! We found that the pair inhabiting the nest at the top of the tree had three youngs and one, at least, for some reason ended up on the ground.

Fortunately, it is no coincidence that we have been keeping a pair of Imperial Eagles at the Green Balkans Rescue Centre for years. Every spring the female lays eggs but does not hatch young. However, our team decided not to break up the couple, but to "keep" it for a foster family of wild hatchlings.
And so the fate of the eagle smiled for the second time in this story because immediately after its placement in the nest, it was received with special love and raised, for nearly three months, with all the tenderness of the world, by his foster family.

A few days ago, joint teams of experts from Green Balkans and the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds decided that it was time for the little one to take the first step towards his freedom. After preliminary discussion and monitoring conducted by BSPB, we identified a wild pair of Imperial Eagles with a small one, the same age as ours. And we used that to put the hatchling from the Centre in their nest so that the competition between the two is insignificant. Here, for the third time in this story, fate smiled on the young hatchling and it is already being raised by its second foster family, in anticipation of its first flight.

We used the moment to mark both hatchlings with a satellite transmitter, for the provision and placement of which we thank our colleagues from BSPB.
The subjection of rescued Imperial eagle hatchlings to wild host families of the same species is an innovative method for our country, applied by Green Balkans and in other similar cases. What is new here is that the little one was previously bred for some time by a pair of eagles in artificial conditions.

This whole approach significantly increases the chances of successful adaptation to the independent life of the rescued birds.

We will continue to follow the life of the Imperial eagle, already from a distance and we hope to have more, very good news from him in the future!