Among other birds we keep receiving for rehabilitation, one Himalayan griffon vulture (Gyps himalayensis) and an Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) were brought in with different histories.
Both vultures made full recovery and were released back in nature!
The Egyptian vulture was rescued from Ahmedabad and was brought in to our centre for emergency treatment. It has suffered left wing patagial laceration due to manja (glass-powder coated sharp thread used to fly kites in India) and was bleeding profusely. The bird was operated under isoflurane general aenesthesia for suturing of left wing patagial laceration. Fluid therapy was administered for the first two days and then regular antibiotics and pain management for five days along with alternate day dressing, physiotherapy and figure of eight bandaging. Bandage was removed after 15 days.The wound was recovering well so laterit was shifted in aviary for flying practice 20 days after the surgery. This bird also flew beautifully back in nature. The bird has a leg band for post release monitoring.
The Himalayan griffon vulture juveline was found grounded in Jamnagar near a wind mill and was assumed to have collided with the wind mill. It was first sent to St. Peter Scott bird hospital in Jamnagar but the bird never flew. It was then shifted to our centre where we took a radio graph to ensure there are no broken bones. We found a dislocation of a wing and the bird was treated accordingly. It was then given ample physiotherapy and flight practise so it could gain the needed confidence and stamina. It stayed with us for almost 2 months and gained a couple of kilograms in weight. At time of release it was 9.6 kg. We put a leg band before releasing for post release monitoring. The bird flew away beautifully and is been reported from the field!
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