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Five young Buzzards are already flying freely at the foot of Vitosha

Five young Buzzards are already flying freely at the foot of Vitosha

27.08.2011
These five birds arrived from all over Bulgaria. Due to various reasons they have left their nests earlier than expected. Summer storms and human interference such as tree felling have separated them from their parents before they could fledge and be taught to hunt on their own. At the same time, human interference has saved their lives – the people who have found them have turned to the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Waters or directly to us to accept and raise these birds.

It is not a secret that many people, who have found a bird fallen from its nest decide to “take care of it in person”. Many of them are aware that this is illegal but this fact doesn’t stop them. The hand rearing of young birds of prey at home usually leads to their death. The lack of appropriate food, special premises and most of all proper knowledge are all severe problems. In most of the cases the bird is placed in a cage, which significantly damages the feathers to an extent the bird cannot fly on its own. Most of these people however, never aim at releasing the bird and decide to keep it as a pet instead, dooming it to live a miserable life.

Text and photos:
Liubomila Krivoshieva – Wildlife Rehabilitator
Wildlife Rescue Centre – Green Balkans
Phone: + 359 885 22 84 86
e-mail: lkrivoshieva@greenbalkans-wrbc.org