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The Bearded Vultures in the Rescue Centre of Green Balkans laid a second egg

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02/19/2016

Days after the Green Balkans team announced the news on the laying of the very first egg of Bearded Vulture in Bulgaria for the past 50 years, we are happy to celebrate the second egg of the pair.

Bearded Vultures naturally lay 1 to 2 eggs and our second egg appeared 10 days following the first one. According to leading experts from the Bearded Vulture Endangered Species Program (EEP) at the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), it is possible that the second egg is also fertile, despite the big distance between the two.
Almost always in nature only the biggest chick survives. In captive breeding, however, it is possible to save the second one, thanks to the experts of the Bearded Vulture EEP. This is done, giving the second chick to foster parents, who have failed to raise a chick that year.

At present, the birds in the Wildlife Rescue Centre and sitting very tight and our team is not going to interfere and disturb them. We are going to see if have even one chick after 54-60 days. We are in close contact with our colleagues from the specialized Bearded Vulture breeding centres in Spain and Austria to do our best to raise as many chicks as possible to later release them into the wild.

While we are waiting to see the first Bearded Vultures free flying in Bulgaria, the team of Green Balkans, as well as the entire nature conservation community of Bulgaria has a double reason to celebrate, since the species is on its way to return.

There is still a very long way to go, but what happened today is a small but steady step ahead.

The team will also like to cordially thank Dr. Alex LLopis and Dr. Hans Frey for their kind support!