Egyptian Vulture Rescued

A juvenile Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) was handed in to vet Mark Pizarro, having been found in a weakened state around Laguna Estate.

 

Above: Egyptian Vulture with Vincent Robba.

This young bird would have been born last spring in Spain and was on its southward migration, probably to the Sahel in sub-Saharan Africa.

After examination by the vet, the young vulture was handed over to Vincent Robba, head of the GONHS Raptor Unit. It was found to be seriously malnourished and covered in parasites.

This is Ramesses ,a juvenile Egyptian vulture being treated by our local vet Mark Pizarro at the gib vet clinic. Ramesses was found to be suffering from parasites and in an extreme low condition, he is now recovering at the GONHS raptor unit. Hopefully he will be released back into the wild when fully recovered. In addition, a gps tracking device will be placed on him to help us learn more about their movements and way of life. This is a joint project by GONHS and the Dept of Environment and Climate Change. Thank you all those involved in its rescue.

 

Vincent with Egyptian vulture & vet 

Above: Vincent with the Egyptian vulture and Mark the vet.

After two days in our rehabilitation centre, it has been feeding well and though early days, we are hopeful that it could make a full recovery, although it will probably need to spend the winter in Gibraltar, given that it is in no condition to continue on its long and arduous journey.

 

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