Off-course vulture rescued

Off-course vulture rescued
BIGASTRO SURVIVOR: Efren Pamies with the rescued Black Vulture Photo credit: Bigastro Policia Local

A BIGASTRO Policia Local officer, Efren Pamies, recently rescued a disorientated black vulture.

Efren was off-duty at the time but his colleagues did not hesitate to call him after they were alerted by a member of public who spotted the exhausted bird on the Apatel industrial estate.

Efren, who is an expert on local wildlife and has been officially congratulated in the past for his part in animal rescues, used a blanket and protective gloves to immobilise the vulture before taking it to police headquarters.  From here it was later transferred to the Wildlife Recovery Centre in Santa Faz outside Alicante City.


The bird, which was still not fully-grown and around a year old, was visibly tired after a long flight, Efren explained afterwards.

The Black Vulture, also known as the Cinereous Vulture, is one of the Iberian Peninsula’s largest bird with a wingspan that reaches three metres when fully grown.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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