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    Gerald
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        Juvenile Vulture Rescued on Crete

        I thought I would share with you another rescued wild bird story on Crete carried out by Margaret,  Crete’s "Bird Lady".

        Those who know of her, and from her dedicated page in our main website site will appreciate her work in rescuing birds that are hurt and found anywhere on Crete.

        Margaret has let me know she is currently reviving and nurturing a juvenile Vulture thanks to the Donkey Outreach team who were up in Lasithi last Wednesday. 

        The Donkey team saw the Vulture tied up to a tree. They phoned her and asked her to go and rescue the poor bird. She immediately drove her car to retrieve it.

        Margaret said that fortunately it had only been there that day.   

        Handling the orphan was quite a palaver as Margaret struggled to get it trussed up and put in the car.  Needless to say it got loose. Fortunately there was no damage to the bird or the car. The bird is now in a special pen at Margaret’s home, and as she put it: "emptying my freezer of chicken pieces.   It really needs a goat or sheep’s carcass to nibble on but haven’t come across one on my travels."

        Knowing Margaret, she’ll soon get one.

        Margaret follows a methodical routine in this type of bird rescue. The first task is usually to calm the bird down in its temporary new quarters and enable it to get its strength back with a healthy diet and check it for any condition that needs medical treatment with a possible visit to the vet.

        Then it is a case of nursing this youngster back to health and releasing it at a suitable time, probably close to the location is was found.

        This is a specialist task so please do not attempt to do it unless trained in handling wild birds – like Margaret, Crete’s Bird Lady!

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        #27092
        LGiddings2
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            Margaret popped over to my house yesterday and showed me the photos of this vulture – it is HUGE!!

            MUCH cuter but less rare (!) is the beautiful grey collared dove my daughter found 2 months ago. After a week of feeding the reluctant little b*gger, Margaret came to our rescue and took over.

            It was a real ‘swan’ transformation from the ugly little thing we’d rescued; and Margaret informed us that it has flown off into the wild blue yonder a few days previously, after its unorthodox start to life.

            What a gem Margaret is and yes, Gerald, the true Bird lady of Crete.

            #27356
            latsida
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                here is a video from Jane’s blog of a vulture, probably the same one.
                it seems to like people .
                http://vrahassi.blogspot.com/

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                Alistair
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                    I am sorry not to have had the privilege to meet Margaret who is obviously doing great work with the birds. She will probably know this,man, but we are friends with Stavros Xirouchakis who is an ornithologist at the natural history museum and university whose speciality is vultures and their care.

                    If Margaret does not already this him, we would be pleased to pass on his contact details.

                    Alistair
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                    LGiddings2
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                        Wow! A vulture specialist! I’m sure he’d have some ideas how to re-introduce this bird into the wild…good idea Alistair :)

                        BTW the Natural History museum is brilliant; well worth a visit by adults and children alike…!

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                        Binx
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                            Who in their right mind would tie a vulture to a tree ?

                            It sickens me all the cruelty inflicted on the animals here.

                            Two men used to hunt wirh dogs and guns every Saturday morning in my area, we have a glorious cat who we adore and he was rescued from a beating from a gang of vicious children, so I was very concerned that these men would shoot the cat.

                            I confronted them and asked if they were hunting cat`s, they couldn`t speak English so I had to sort of explain and make cat noises, they laughed and said no and did rabbit ears on their heads. I have not seen them since, could be they thought I was the local nutter trying to explain a cat..!!

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                            LGiddings2
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                                Hi Binx

                                This vulture was found ‘downed’ i.e. was too low down to take flight, by a local who tied it to a tree so it would not wander off whilst the animal rescue people were called and arrived.

                                This was my understanding of the incident; I don’t think it was done out of cruelty.
                                :)

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                                latsida
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                                    yes it was Leonie,
                                    if you read Janes notes on her blog she mentions it was grounded

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                                    Binx
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                                        Thank God for that then, i was worried that kids might have been cruel to the poor creature.

                                        And thank God for the animal welfare centres here, and of course the kind and caring animal lovers who strive to look after the animals, God bless you all.

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