Unloved vul­tures fight for sur­vival

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News -

CHANGA MANGA: Once a com­mon sight in the skies of Pak­istan, today the white-backed vul­ture is fac­ing ex­tinc­tion – its pop­u­la­tion dev­as­tated by the use of in­dus­trial drugs to breed the cat­tle whose car­casses they tra­di­tion­ally feed on. Bird num­bers have plum­meted by more than 99% since the 1990s, ac­cord­ing to the World Wildlife Fund, which is des­per­ately at­tempt­ing to en­sure the species does not die out. But due to sev­eral threats, prin­ci­pally the use of the anti-in­flam­ma­tory drug Di­clofenac, which causes kid­ney fail­ure, the birds are dy­ing out. – AFP

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