OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Veterinarians at the Oakland Zoo are treating a California condor named Miracle for lead poisoning she got scavenging on carcasses with hunters’ lead shot.
The Oakland Tribune reports the condor is the first wild chick born in over a century in Big Sur as part of the California Condor Recovery program.READ MORE: 'Fire Hose' Of Subtropical Moisture Bearing Down On Northern California
Zoo workers are giving Miracle shots of a synthetic drug that enables her to excrete the poison. They are also leaving her plenty of dead rats and mice to chow down in her pen.READ MORE: Towering Rocklin Officer Didn’t Need Ladder To Save Senior Inside 2-Story Home
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Zoo staff expect the big raptor will return to the wild in a week or two if her lead levels continue to drop.