Turtle and vulture released into the wild

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LOGGERHEAD TURTLE: Released into Menorca water

A TURTLE which was treated at Palma Aquarium this summer was set free in the waters of Cala Fornells.

The Loggerhead Turtle was found injured off Cala Galdana in August, according to the department for Natural Spaces and Biodiversity of the Council for the Environment. It was initially treated by staff and volunteers of the Balearic Bird Group in Menorca but due to its serious injuries, caused by plastic threads caught around its flippers it was taken to Palma Aquarium, where it remained until it had recovered.

The male turtle was recently released back into Menorca waters with the presence of representatives of the Menorca Island Council, Mao and Es Mercadal Town Hall, volunteers from the recovery centre, a biologist and a diver, as well as environmental agents.

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A Black Vulture which was rescued for the Balearic Animal Recovery Consortium was freed after making a full recovery. It was located earlier this month in the sea by sailors who were able to pull it from the water and call the emergency services. A biologist headed to the area to pick it up and take it to the Santa Eugenia Animal Recovery Centre, where it was treated.

The young vulture had hypothermia and was slightly dehydrated, as well as having skin lesions.

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