By John Smith • 11 November 2019 • 13:52
RESCUE: Two Mijas fire fighters save a Griffon Vulture
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A REPORT was received by the environment department of the Junta de Andalucia late last week that an apparently injured or disorientated Griffon Vulture had been observed for some time perched on the roof of a restaurant in La Cala de Mijas.
The local fire brigade was alerted to this and officers were dispatched to try to capture the bird without causing any injury or distress to it. Two officers gained access to the roof and managed to place the bird into a net and remove it safely.
It was then transferred to the endangered species recovery centre in Malaga for checks and eventual release back into the wild.
Spain is home to 75 per cent of the world’s population of Griffon Vultures and 90 per cent of all Griffon Vultures in Europe are found in Spain with a population estimated as being more than 3,000 breeding pairs in Andalucia alone.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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