Egyptian vulture “falls from the sky”

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Recently colleagues working in the project LIFE RUPIS were alerted by a local inhabitant to a strange occurrence – a dead Egyptian vulture that “had fallen dead from the sky” after a fight with another raptor. The witness is a reliable acquaintance, and a quick investigation on the spot have discounted the possibility of a poisoning incident.
The necropsy done by a trained wildlife veterinary has confirmed that the cause of death was trauma, caused by a perforation in the cervical area of the skull, near the right eye. The perforation was relatively large, so the suspicion is that the Egyptian vulture was involved in a territorial dispute with a large eagle – probably a golden eagle or a bonelli´s – often very aggressive. The three species have breeding territories in the area.

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