Rare Birds Confiscated in Russia
At the moment all 6 birds are alive and receiving veterinary care. The birds were discovered packed tightly in a cardboard box and in very poor condition. Only 1 of 6 birds has begun to eat on its own while the rest depend on force-feeds to survive.
As few as 2,000 Gyrfalcons remain in the wild in
“Immediately after the seizure, one of the birds became very weak and we were concerned that she would not make it through the first night. Gyrfalcons are listed in the Russia Red Book as critically endangered and completely banned for trade and export under CITES. Although the capture of this species in
The birds will be treated and monitored for the next week. Once nursed back to health they will be flown 6,800 miles (11,000 km) to Kamchatka for release back to their original habitat.
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