Lakeside Nature Center



Glug

Turkey Vulture

(Cathartes aura)

Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center on July 5, 2005.

This Turkey Vulture was found in an abandoned fox den and no parents were seen in the area. 

When the chick arrived at Lakeside, its left leg was turned outward at an angle and was unusable.  Lakeside staff placed a special brace on the vulture's injured leg and the problem was corrected. 

Unfortunately, while at the center, the bird was observed using its wings to get from place to place. The weight and stress on the wing bones, along with malnutrition, caused permanent damage to the wings.  Even with nutritious food and extra calcium, the damage was irreversible and it is unable to fly. 

At that time Glug joined the Nature Center education program as an ambassador.

For more information on turkey vultures, check out the Critter Corner entry.


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