A baby Andean condor suffering from malnutrition was rescued on Friday in Peru. Locals found him in bad shape in the Ancash region. Peru’s National Forest and Wildlife Service (Serfor) took the eight-month-old condor to a recovery centre in the city of Huaraz.
“The condor is severely malnourished. He has low muscle mass, and his feathers are losing color, which is what happens when there’s severe malnourishment,” veterinarian Silvia Chavez said.
“Apart from that, I haven’t found anything else – no parasites, no severe conditions, no gastrointestinal illness,” she added. The animal needs to get better before he is released back into the wild. “(The condor) has to recover and we will be monitoring him,” Carlos Rojas from Serfor said.
Andean condors are the most giant flying birds in Peru and one of the biggest on Earth. Condors are considered vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
#Ancash:🦅Conoce al pichón de cóndor rescatado recientemente en estado de desnutrición.— Serfor Perú (@SerforPeru) July 7, 2022
🙌Equipo del SERFOR brinda atención especializada al ave hallada por pobladores del distrito de Sicsibamba. Se espera su recuperación para el regreso a su hábitat natural. pic.twitter.com/paFfS697IJ