The two recently injured wild birds are slowly recovering. Nevertheless, they will probably never be 100 percent airworthy again. It is therefore unlikely that it will be reintroduced into the wild again.

Just under two weeks ago, the bearded vulture Donna Elvira collided with one transport cable and was seriously injured.

The fallen bearded vulture Donna Elvira will probably never be able to fly again

Game warden Franz Röthlin recovering Donna Elvira in difficult terrain.

Abgestü Doctor bearded vulture Donna Elvira will probably never be able to fly again

So that Donna Elvira could be rescued as quickly as possible, a quad was used.

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  • Just under two weeks ago, two wild birds were taken to the Goldau nursing station with serious injuries.

  • Both the bearded vulture lady and the protected golden eagle will probably never be able to fly again.

  • The bearded vulture Donna Elvira will possibly be included in the breeding program at a later date.

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  • For the golden eagle, however, this could mean a death sentence.

“It's steadily improving. She is moving more and more and is already climbing the tree trunk herself,” says Martin Wehrle, veterinarian at the Goldau Nature and Animal Park. The bearded vulture lady Donna Elvira collided with a transport cable in the canton of Obwalden and had to be taken to the Goldau nursing station in mid-January with serious injuries. She suffered several broken bones.

«Donna Elvira will probably never be fully airworthy again»

Donna-Elvira is doing better now. “She has since recovered and her internal injuries are slowly healing. She is already eating again on her own,” writes the Goldau Nature and Animal Park on its Instagram channel. Even if the bird of prey is doing better, the injuries have consequences: “A whole shoulder vertebra is broken, Donna Elvira will probably never be able to fly completely again,” explains Wehrle. A reintroduction into the wild should therefore be ruled out with a high degree of probability. The one-year-old bearded vulture lady will instead be included in the breeding program. “But the recording is still open. Especially since Donna Elvira is only capable of breeding when she is six or seven years old,” says the veterinarian. Nevertheless, everyone in the Goldau Nature and Animal Park is confident: “The healing is going well and we hope it will stay that way”.

«It However, it is uncertain whether he will ever be able to fly again»

The protected golden eagle, which was shot less than two weeks ago in the canton of Uri, is also making progress. He also suffered several broken bones and is also cared for in the zoo. “The golden eagle is not doing badly,” says Wehrle. “However, it is uncertain whether he will ever be able to fly again.” However, in order to be released into the wild, the bird of prey must be 100 percent capable of flying. “Otherwise it cannot survive in the wild,” says Wehrle. For the golden eagle, this could be the death sentence. Because “he grew up in nature and there are no breeding programs for the eagle,” explains Wehrle. However, the hunting administration of the canton of Uri then decides on the fate of the protected animal. Both the location of the shooting and the shooter are still unknown to the cantonal police of Uri, as they communicated on request.

You know about an animal in distress?

You can find help here:

Fire brigade, Tel. 118 (animal rescue)

Police, Tel. 117 (for wild animals)

Animal rescue service, Tel. 044 211 22 22 (in emergencies)

Swiss animal reporting center if an animal has run away/run away

Foundation for the animal in law, for legal questions

GTRD, large animal -Rescue service, Tel. 079 700 70 70 (emergency call)

Swiss Ornithological Institute Sempach, for questions about wild birds, Tel. 041 462 97 00

Cruelty to animals:

Report to the cantonal veterinary office or to the Swiss animal welfare office (anonymously possible)

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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