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Action to save the juvenile of the new Egyptian vulture pair from northern Bulgaria

Action to save the juvenile of the new Egyptian vulture pair from northern Bulgaria

02.09.2020
In July we shared the wonderful news about a newly formed Egyptian vulture pair in Northern Bulgaria, which was raising its first baby. The pair was supplementary fed for weeks, and the juvenile was observed by collaborators of the 'Egyptian Vulture New LIFE' project.

The age of the young bird worried the project team. It was hatched in the last days of June - for comparison, the young Egyptian vultures usually hatch in late May and early June. With this delay, the bird will not be able to fly out of the nest on time and start migrating in the fall. That is why the project team organized a rescue operation for тaking the bird out of the nest, transportation to the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Center and its rearing. Thus, on August 28, a team of BSPB and Green Balkans with the help of alpine equipment went down to the nesting niche and took the bird. Immediately afterward, the young vulture was placed in the Rescue Center, where it was examined and dewormed.

All the while, the vulture demonstrated an enviable calm and greatly facilitated the process of taking it from the nest and moving it to the Center. At the moment, it feels wonderful, feeds on its own, and inhabits the high perches of the aviary, along with another one-year-old Egyptian vulture. Next year, the bird will become part of the experimental restocking program of the project and will be released by the delayed release method in the Eastern Rhodopes.