The New Interesting Patients at the Wildlife Rescue Center29.10.2009
This cute little fellow arrived from Sofia. It was found on the ground and given shelter just before it became supper for the hungry cats from the neighborhood. By now bats should be already hibernating (“sleeping for the winter”) but this one has apparently not gathered enough nutrients and decided to feed a bit more before going to sleep. However, the cold and rainy weather in Sofia almost caused its death. Fearing how the little fellow would survive the trip to Stara Zagora, the girl who found it took care of it for a whole week under the guidance of the Rescue Center. Taking care of a bat is extremely difficult and attempts to do so most often cause its death but Elena and her mother Ani Kaimakanska put extraordinary diligence and, luckily for them, the little bat was eating white worms with relish. After arriving with us in Stara Zagora, the hungry fluffy little fellow underwent two-day “fattening” after which it safely flew away in liberty during one warm afternoon.
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Some time ago this delicate small heron became victim of shooting. Its wing healed in the wrong direction and, unfortunately, it had no chance of recovery.
Herons often fall victims to poacher shooting. The sad thing about them is that they are being shot simply for fun or out of hatred for everything which moves.
Quail (Coturnix coturnix)
This little fellow suddenly appeared in the yard of an office building in Sofia. It had apparently run away from a place where quails are being bred because it is absolutely tame. This automatically rules out the possibility to let it loose, though in full health, because it had lost the instinct of self-preservation.
It gives off very nice babbling sounds and loves human company.
We would like to thank Ivaylo Zafirov, a colleague from “Rhodope” Project, for his assistance in transporting the bird.
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
The cute red-eyed fellow is rare, mostly winter-time, guest in our country. Most probably it lost orientation during its migration, because it was found lying on the ground in a forest. It is neither injured nor weak, it is just from a bird species which needs water surface in order to speed up and take off.
He arrived to us in the form of a noisy and unruly box so that one might think that inside there was a big bird, but no …. a tiny screaming grebe. It is very cute, eating left and right and after a couple of days of abundant feed-up it will be let loose in some water basin.
Dione’s Snake (Elaphe sauromates)
This rare snake species had buried itself deep underground for winter sleep with no suspicion that soon afterwards it would be trampled by a heavy machine smashing the asphalt of the road above it and dug out by a grab. Multiple internal hemorrhages and a deep wound in the area under the head caused the death of this splendid and peaceful animal.
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
The Barn owl series from recent weeks continues unrelentlessly. This “gnome” is in fact a magnificent Barn owl plopped into a bucket full of oil. After a couple of baths it has to recover its normal fluffiness and go back to where it belongs – i.e. wild nature. Fortunately, it lacks no appetite so while with us it will be well fed-up as well.
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
The poachers’ victims-series continues. The juvenile bird arrived from the Bourgas region in a very poor condition, with a badly wounded wing and no chance of survival. A young bird which is yet to enter life had to be put to sleep in order not to suffer further. Witnessing where some people’s madness may lead is sad!
We would like to thank Maria Andreeva from the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Waters - Bourgas for her assistance.
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Another poachers’ victim during the week. An extremely rare species, of course protected, as all the shot birds described above. However, being protected under the law, does not save from shots the rare birds of Bulgaria. Both of the bird’s wings as well as one of its legs were broken. Shots were found in the trunk. We would like to thank Mr. Stefan Kolev and his wife for taking care of it and for personally bringing it to the Rescue Center.
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
This splendid juvenile giant arrived at the Rescue Center yesterday in a very poor condition, with an open fracture on one of its wings and having lost a lot of weight. X-ray showed that the bird had been shot in the wing and that the bullet was still there. Surgery is pending.
The White-tailed Eagle is an extremely rare species for Bulgaria and our hope that this “youngster” can fly again is high!
Lyubomila Krivoshieva - Wildlife Rescue Center