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Once again, Griffon Vulture kidnapped, this time in… Sliven!

Once again, Griffon Vulture kidnapped, this time in… Sliven!

17.08.2011
K1T is a three-year old female from Spain, released within an official ceremony by His Excellency Karel van Kesteren within the Vultures Return in Bulgaria LIFE08 NAT/BG/278 Project after almost a year spent in the adaptation aviary in Sinite kamani NP above Sliven. The bird then impressed all the guests of the ceremony with a very confident flight, yet days after the release it was never seen at the supplementary feeding site, maintained by the project team.

The first signal for it came on August 7th when a vigilant citizen called to say he have spotted the bird on an asphalt road above Sliven. The field assistant immediately arrived on site but he could not locate the vulture.

On August 13th, a signal was received through the national system 112, that the bird was found in the town of Sliven, rescued by vigilant citizens during an attempt of a group of criminals to kidnap it in a horse cart. With great determination Mrs. Stanka Tacheva, Mr. Jancho Janev, Mr. Rumen Dimitorv and Mr. Kolio Dinev managed to confiscate K1T. The “victim” was so grateful she fiercely bit her rescuers, who were forced to close her in a plastic container until the arrival of our team. The rescue operation was brought to a successful end when staff of Green Balkans rendered first aid of the bird, assisted by her rescuers and transported her to the Wildlife Rescue Centre at Green Balkans – Stara Zagora.

The vulture had lost some weight after the long starvation, yet kept her high spirit, escaping several times the box while being transported. Our team is very grateful to Trakia Highway staff, who helped to “re-pack” the escapee.

At present K1T is in the Rescue Centre, undergoing overall treatment and on vitamins. The bird feels fine and feeds normally, and will be soon returned to the adaptation aviary above Sliven.

The team of Green Balkans and the Vultures Return in Bulgaria Project is extremely grateful to Mrs. Stanka Tacheva, Mr. Jancho Janev, Mr. Rumen Dimitorv and Mr. Kolio Dinev, whose immediate reaction helped us to locate the kidnapped!

The future of the released vultures depends on all of us, we are hoping and relying on the assistance of all citizens, who have found or observed a vulture in distress!

For more information, please contact:
Elena Kmetova – project manager : +359885 219557, ekmetova@greenbalkans.org