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Griffon vulture rescued on Trakia highway

Griffon vulture rescued on Trakia highway

03.01.2021
An exhausted Griffon vulture was rescued on Trakia highway after citizens have been observing it for three days.
 
Dozens of signals have been submitted to the Green Balkans' Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center for a vulture spotted on the highway near the town of Chirpan. The bird was observed flying low above the cars passing by and walking or sitting on the lay-by.
 
After a few attempts of our team the vulture was eventually captured and transported to the clinic of the Rescue Center. The vulture had no physical injuries, but was weak and exhausted probably due to malnutrition.
 
Birds of prey are tend to concentrate on roads and highways in the winter as they can hardly find food in the cold months and the animals hit by cars are an easy prey. However there is plenty of there and moreover the presence of a huge bird on the road is a prerequisite for distraction od the drivers and accidents.
 
The bird will be well fed and rehabilitated and will be returned to the wild on a more suitable place for the species.
 
For additional information:
Ivelin Ivanov – project manager „Bright future for the Black vulture“ LIFE14 NAT/BG/000649
e-mail: iivanov@greenbalkans.org; phone: +359887589995

 
The rescue and rehabilitation of vultures is part of the activities of project: Тhe Bright Future for Black Vulture LIFE14 NAT/BG/649