The little vulture is doing well with his new family.
A baby vulture that was offered for sale on Facebook, was rescued during a sting operation and has found a new family at the vulture centre in Hartbeespoort.
The White-backed vulture chick was peddled for R600 on Facebook’s Marketplace and VulPro was alerted by one of their supporters.
“We contacted the crime division of the North West nature conservation department and they responded immediately. Through a sting operation, the vulture chick was rescued and the seller was arrested on the spot,” said Kerri Wolter, founder of VulPro.
The little chick was brought to VulPro and placed with a female vulture that was already raising a chick. “We didn’t want to hand-raise it because it will be released when old enough. This little guy is doing so well. He has joined another nestling his age to become a twin! The wild and captive-bred nestlings are two peas in a pod and are being raised together by a loving mother vulture to avoid human imprinting. Vultures are incredible birds! Which other species would accept another youngster in its brood?”
” We want to express our appreciation for the North West Environment and Nature Conservation crime division. The work they do often goes unrecognised and we would like to highlight the impact of their efforts for vulture conservation. Your efforts have truly contributed to ensuring the world is a safer place for vultures. VulPro is grateful to have the opportunity to work with your team and we look forward to the difference we will continue to make together,” Wolter said.
The advertisement on Facebook Marketplace.