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Saving the Bearded vulture Spas!

Saving the Bearded vulture Spas!

04.08.2020
Sometimes troubles happen right behind us and no matter how hard we try to avoid them, they just have to happen. To learn something, to develop and to gain valuable experience and lessons.
This is the story of one of the two Bearded vultures hatched at the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Centre, which we named Spas.

Everything was fine with Spas until we had to send him to France for release, about a month and a half ago. Days before the date, the Centre's breeding team noticed atypical behavior in the young bird - it did not stand up, and in the rare attempts to do so, it never succeeded.
After the quick reaction of our veterinarians and an X-ray at the Trakia University, a fracture of the right leg and wing of the bird was found.

We consulted with the veterinarians from the University's Veterinary Surgery Department, as well as with veterinarians in the EAZA and VCF systems, as a result of which we decided to manage the fractures with splint bandages.

The next month and a half was a real challenge for all of us. We taught the bird to feed outside its family, while rehabilitation therapies and preventive examinations were carried out. Our biggest concern was that we would not be able to send it for release. Something extremely important for the species, as it is at a critical minimum in nature and each specimen is important!

Fortunately for everyone, our story ended happily and a few days ago the young bird flew to France, where it will be released as part of the LIFE GypConnect project.

We thank Assoc. Prof. Tsvetan Chaprazov, from the Department of Surgery at the Trakia University, Stara Zagora, who consulted the team of veterinarians of the Center in our fight to save Spas!