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Foster parents for a rescued Imperial eagle – an innovative method, applied by Green Balkans for a first time in Bulgaria
[ 08.07.2011 ]
 
After last month the eagle fell off its nest, it was transported for expert care in the Wildlife Rescue Centre. The veterinary examinations and therapy showed that the eagle had recovered from the initial stress with no external injuries so it was suitable for release.

Considering the state of the rescued eagle, the experts undertook an immediate return of the bird into the wild. It was decided that it should be placed in an active nest of the species, where foster parents can raise it until it is at an optimal age to naturally fledge. This approach has never before been applied in Bulgaria and is tested for a first time by Green Balkans.

Usually such cases of fallen eagles are handled raising the young eagles at the Wildlife Rescue Centre of Green Balkans. There, they were taught to hunt on natural prey and only after they learnt to fly and hunt on their own they were being released in nature for their first flight. In this particular case our team decided to experiment with a new approach for the first time in Bulgaria and the eagle was “accommodated” in the nest of a wild pair with a single chick of their own. The aim is to stimulate the parents to raise the new chick together with their own. Therefore the “new” family member would receive optimal care and lessons from its new foster parents.

Due to various reasons our team decided that at this stage it was not suitable to return the chick to its natal nest so it was placed with foster parents – another successfully breeding pair of Imperial Eagles. A pair nesting in the area of the Dervenstki Heights, with a single own chick was “approved” as suitable. Their own chick was aged 45-50 days, while the “foster” kid was placed in the nest on July 3d, at an age of about 55 days.

Often chicks of a same pair of Imperial Eagles are at a different age. The difference can vary between several days up to a week, so probably in this case the different age will not pose a problem for the raising of the two chicks. The foster parents will teach it flying, hunting and other crucial skills needed for its survival.

For additional information please contact:
Gradimir Gradev – Imperial Eagle field activities coordinator
Phone: +359 885 609289, e-mail:
ggradev@greenbalkans.org

Liubomila Krivoshieva, Wildlife Rehabilitator – Wildlife Rescue Centre, Green Balkans
Phone:+ 359 885 22 84 86, e-mail:
lkrivoshieva@greenbalkans-wrbc.org



  • Preparation for lifting the eagle up to its new home
    Preparation for lifting the eagle up to its new home
  • Soon it will be back to a nest
    Soon it will be back to a nest
  • …thanks to the climbers of Green Balkans and their alpine equipment
    …thanks to the climbers of Green Balkans and their alpine equipment
  • …all measures for the safety of both the climber and the eagle undertaken
    …all measures for the safety of both the climber and the eagle undertaken

  • Before accommodating in the nest
    Before accommodating in the nest







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