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Breeding California Condor Dies of Lead Poisoning

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, condors, environment, death, habitat, protection, wildlife, wildanimals )

- 3227 days ago -
The adult female of the only breeding pair of California Condors in San Benito County was recently rushed to the Los Angeles Zoo for emergency treatment after National Park Service biologists observed the bird exhibiting unusual behaviour.


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Tierney G (381)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 3:44 pm
This is so sad and tragic. Thanks Cher

Pat B (356)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 5:39 pm
Awwww....this is so sad to hear of her death. I'm so sad about this news. TY, Cher

Cynthia Davis (340)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:24 pm
Terrible that a small amount of lead can cause the death of such a magnificent creator.

Fiona O (561)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 7:16 pm
Horrid. Hopeless. But, thank you Cher, for letting us know.

Larry S (645)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 7:35 pm
It's only the beginning...

David B (34)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 8:10 pm
and here we go again! if not directly ,then , indirectly we cause another inocents death!! thank you Cher .

MmAway M (514)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 8:47 pm
Thanks Cher! Notebook that I am typing on for this shut down...

Will try again...

Breeding California Condor dies of led Poisoning... Well, these Condors will pick up anything for food, and, it gets into their system...the fact that I worked for the Endangered Animals totally upsets me reading this article and can't get it out of my mind...had to print it out!

DEAD CONDOR A BLOW FOR SPECIES RECOVERY. When I was working for the Endangered Animals at the San Diego Zoo (CRES) they did raise these special animals with a glove so they would not know human contact, such special care was given so they could be released into the wild and not know humans!

Less than 400 Condors living, that is why this breeding program was working so hard...since they are scavengers they will pick up anything...the fact that MANKIND is just so friggen carless hurts my heart to no end.

Now the article states that only 341 Condors alive... These condors are tagged when released and this totally is upsetting after all of the hard work that has been done to save this bird.

Article at site goes on to state...California Condors remain one of the rarest birds in the WORLD, and with a total # 351 as of October 31, 2009, and 180 free-flying birds in the world. That's an increase from 1985, when just 22 California Condors survived.

Mankind needs to make sure when they go out and shoot some special creature (which fries me up) pick it up and pick up your lead...don't let us lose another creature do to neglect. Frankky, stop the shooting period...but that would be like a dream because there are people that just will not do that!

Article goes on to state, that the San Diego Wild Animal Park is doing the breeding, and I have checked guys, they take special care, you can check it out on the web if you want.

Don't get out to the Wild Animal Park, it is in Escondido, which is not far from where I live, but I will totally try to contact my friends here at the San Diego Zoo and see if they can give me the PR person in charge for updates on this species if anyone is interested...

Thank you again Cher for this article, totally heart hurting that all of our special creatures are dying do to MAN!!!

Monica D (580)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 9:35 pm
It is good to see that Califormia has banned use of lead ammunition near the condors' range. Now the ban must be effectively enforced to make sure (as far as reasonably possible) that the condors are safe. I think that the Center for Biological Diversity is concerned about this (I would have to confirm this).

Mary Dee (0)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 1:57 am
thanks cher for bringing this to our attention so sad..

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 11:29 am
Hunters should not be allowed in the areas where such endangered birds live. People aren't so worried about them as they aren't pretty or cute not recognising how important they are in the food chain.
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