New hopes in the Rescue Centre31.01.2011
The entire effort was motivated by not only our care for the well-being of our birds but also by our hopes that they might start breeding and make us happy with an offspring. It is needless to say that if that happens, the youngsters will be released into the wild, just as all other birds hatched in the Rescue Centre.
One of the pairs is that of two Golden Eagles, which lived separately for an year in an entirely open aviary, so that the visitors can see them and get to know their tragic faith. However in such conditions there are no chances of the birds feeling secure enough to nest and raise chicks.
The female Golden Eagle has been with us since 2007, being a victim of poachers, who fractured her wing. After a surgery the wing could not recover to an extent allowing the bird to be released into the wild. The male arrived in the Centre in 2008 with a severe fracture and inflammation of the left foot.
The second pair was recently formed by young Imperial Eagles, who shared their aviary with other two Imperial Eagles, as well as a Black and an Egyptian Vulture.
The female Imperial Eagle has been in the Centre since 2006. A strong storm crashed the tree with a nest, guarded by Green Balkans volunteers. The nest fell on the two eagle chicks. One of them died immediately with a fractured spine, while the other one remained buried under the nest and branch debris with a fractured pelvis under the heavy rain for the entire night before being rescued. The male arrived in the Centre in 2008 after being shot in the Sinite kamani Nature Park.
The birds showed mating bahvoir only 2-3 months ago, but as they were sharing their open aviary with other birds, this couldn’t have lead to nesting.
Trying to secure optimal conditions for our birds and despite the huge difficulties, we managed to spare two newly constructed cages for our two eagle pairs. Eagles require vast space and it can turn out that the one we have secured for them with such effort is actually insufficient. However we believe it is worth the try. Golden Eagles successfully breed in some zoos, but in bigger and higher aviaries. We are not aware with any success with captive breeding of Imperial Eagles. In addition to that, there are factors than cannot possibly be predicted. Each bird is an individual and maybe our birds become the pioneers in captive breeding. Maybe our Rescue Centre, with the entire positive energy our team invests in our work, with the help of our friends and all the people who care about nature of Bulgaria, succeeds where others have failed!
All we can do now is keep our fingers crossed. We are also counting on your support and hope for our eagles, birds of prey and nature of Bulgaria.
It is easier said than done, but it can be done too!
Liubomila Krivoshieva – Wildlife Rehabilitator
Wildlife Rescue Centre
Phone: +359885 22 84 86