Partially blind, rare Himalayan Griffon vulture rescued from Kashmir; released in Dachigam National Park

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 20 May 2016, 10:09 PM
Rare Himalayan Griffon vulture Rescued from near famous Dal lake in Kashmir. (Representational Image)
Rare Himalayan Griffon vulture Rescued from near famous Dal lake in Kashmir. (Representational Image)

Protected under India's wildlife Act, a rare Himalayan Griffon vulture, which was recently rescued from near the Dal lake in Kashmir with severe health conditions, has safely been handed over to Delhi-based Wildlife SOS's  rescue centre in Dachigam. A group of passer-by’s spotted the bird as it was struggling to fly. They immediately alerted Delhi-based Wildlife SOS, a statement said.

As soon as the SOS received the information, a three-member rescue team was rushed to Srinagar which identified the bird as a Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis). The large raptor is found along the Himalayas and the adjoining Tibetan Plateau. It is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red Data list.

At the organisation’s rescue centre in Dachigam, a Wildlife Protection Department veterinarian conducted a full medical examination which revealed that it was blind in one eye and extremely weak due to dehydration and starvation, the statement said.

Fortunately, there were no signs of any physical injury and after keeping it under observation for a few days, it was released in Dachigam National Park, it added. “Himalayan vultures are one of the largest birds found in the Himalayan region and being a scavenging bird of prey, they mostly feed from the carcasses of animals.

“Its wingspan is about 8-feet and around 3-feet tall. I am grateful to the Wildlife Protection Department for their help and we are glad to have been  able to release this exquisite bird back in its natural habitat, where it belongs,” Co-Founder of Wildlife SOS, Kartick Satyanarayan said. 

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