VIDEO: Turkish Cargo helps save exhausted endangered griffon vulture

posted on 17th July 2019 by Justin Burns
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Turkish Cargo has helped save the life of an exhausted stricken endangered griffon vulture in Turkey, flying it to a rehabilitation centre in Belgrade.

The griffon vulture started flying in Serbia and became exhausted in Sanliurfa in Turkey after flying 1600 kilometres long on its seasonal migration route.

The 1.5-year old rare griffon vulture named Dobrila, the last chain of the ecological system and living in the Uvac canyon of Serbia only in Europe, became exhausted while flying towards the east on its seasonal migration route, landed in Sanliurfa.

After having been found by the farmers, it was taken to the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Urfa.

The griffon vulture underwent some checks and reached its proper and healthy weight again at this center in Sanliurfa, and then, it was released so it could continue flying on its migration route.

However, Dobrila, a member of the fowler family, couldn’t continue flying, and officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry made contact with the Serbian authorities using the tag and tracking number, available in its foot.

Following the discussions between the officials of the two countries, it was decided to fly Dobrila to the Biological Research Institute in Belgrade.

After having been carried to Serbia from Sanliurfa via Istanbul under the sponsorship of Turkish Cargo, the griffon vulture was handed over to the Serbian officials during a ceremony attended by Tanju Bilgic, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Serbia, and Goran Trivan, the Minister of Environmental Protection of Serbia.

“Today is a very special day for Dobrila, because after months of rehabilitation, it will fly for the first time. We thank Turkish Cargo for their support,” said Irena Hrıbsek, biologist at the Foundation for the Protection of Birds of Prey.