Hungry visitor caught on city centre terrace

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18 August 2004, MADRID - Most people expect to see sparrows and pigeons on the terrace of a city apartment - but nothing quite like the feathered visitor an ecologists' group was asked to remove from a balcony in the centre of Pamplona.

18 August 2004

MADRID - Most people expect to see sparrows and pigeons on the terrace of a city apartment - but nothing quite like the feathered visitor an ecologists' group was asked to remove from a balcony in the centre of Pamplona.

The bird in question was a young Leonardo vulture, with a wingspan of more than two metres, a spokesman for the Gurelur ecologists' group said on Wednesday.

Neighbours who telephoned Gurelur said the bird had been wandering around rooftops and terraces for several hours.

One attempt was to made to net the vulture at the city tennis club. When that failed it was finally tracked down to an apartment in the central Carlos III street.

Gurelur said the bird was one of several of its species suffering from malnutrition that had had to be rescued in the Navarra region in recent weeks.

It had probably lost the air current in which it was gliding and, because of its lack of strength, fell to the ground.

The bird, which weighed five kilograms when rescued, will be released when it regains a normal weight of around 8kg. But not in the city, Gurelur added.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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