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Bearded Vulture Silviano regained her freedom in the heart of the Pyrenees

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Silviano takes off! (c) Gregoire Trunet Photographie

On Friday 6 December, the magnificent Bearded Vulture Silviano returned in the skies of Argelès-Gazost. The vulture was rescued, rehabilitated and released twice.

Rescue and rehabilitation

Silviano is a female that was found injured last October by the guards of the Parc national des Pyrénées in the Cauterets sector. The vulture possibly suffered a collision with a cable during a strong wind incident, and so she was taken care of by the dedicated team at Hegalaldia – Centre de Sauvegarde de la Faune Sauvage 64. After a few weeks of homoeopathic pain treatment and osteopathic sessions, Silviano flew perfectly again.


Hundreds of spectators participated at the release of Silviano on Friday 6 December to see the magnificent vulture returning to the skies of Argelès-Gazost. Once freed, the vulture took off immediately and gained height quickly!

This was actually the second time Silviano was rescued, rehabilitated and released. The first time she ingested a cattle earring, which caused her to develop an intestinal obstruction and lead poisoning. But thankfully, the team at Hegalaldia nursed her back to health.

We wish her a great life in the wild and hope that she will not need to be rescued again.

Watch the video of her release



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