When a bald eagle was brought to a wildlife rehabilitation center late last month, he was paralyzed and couldn’t even hold his head up.
People had to carry the motionless bird. His head rested on his wing. Rescuers rushed to cleanse his blood of the poison that was slowly strangling the life out of […]
Lead (Pb) is a metabolic poison that can negatively influence biological processes, leading to illness and mortality across a large spectrum of bird species, including vultures. Lead poisoning can result from numerous sources, including ingestion of bullet fragments and shot pellets left in animal carcasses, spent ammunition left in the field, lost fishing tackle, […]
The World Health Organisation give these key facts regarding lead –
Key facts Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children.
Lead in the body is distributed to the brain, liver, kidney and bones. It is stored in the teeth and bones, where it accumulates over […]
Lead poisoning is a well-known threat to vultures and other scavengers, and in certain species and areas it may even be a significant threat – the recovery of the Californian condor is mostly hampered by this threat, while in the Alps lead poisoning may be the most significant threat to bearded vultures currently (since […]