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article imagePoisoned condors’ health restored, return to the Andes Mountains

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 22, 2013 in Environment
Los Andes - Wildlife officials released 18 condors that were rescued and brought back to health after being poisoned in the Andes, supposedly by feeding from a dead cow that had been contaminated with a toxic chemical.
Ten days ago, they were disoriented and unable to fly. Yesterday, the 18 condors that were poisoned in the Andes ran off a cliff and spread their wings after being released by the specialists who worked on their recovery.
As reported in Digital Journal, the poisoning of these birds took place two weeks ago. Three other condors and two foxes died from poisoning at that time. Eyewitnesses and environmental authorities rescued 18 birds which were taken to a veterinary clinic and some of them to the Metropolitan Zoo in Santiago where they received treatment.
Two sick condors  male and female  being cared for at a vet clinic in the city of Los Andes  Chile.
Two sick condors, male and female, being cared for at a vet clinic in the city of Los Andes, Chile.
In addition to the successful medical treatment, Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) staff placed radio transmitters on the wings of several birds, which will inform on the position and flight patterns of these specimens. “All this information is very useful to know their routes and protect them. In this terrible tragedy, at least we got a benefit," said SAG Minister Luis Mayol.
The radio transmitter is powered by a solar battery; it will last three years and will monitor the movements of these birds flying over the Andes between the regions of Coquimbo and Biobío, a sector in which about three thousand condors live.
A police investigation is underway to determine the source of toxin and the circumstances of the condor's poisoning; however, no results have been obtained so far.
Other videos on this joyful event, with English narration, may be seen here and here.
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