Three falcons rescued from smugglers are released to freedom!

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) immediately stepped in and those three birds that survived the trauma of the shipping and subsequent confiscation went on to IFAW rehabilitator, Sergey Ganusevich. Having been packed tightly within a cardboard paper box, the birds were in extremely poor condition, dangerously underfed and in need of proper care.

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At the beginning of March, six critically endangered Gyrfalcons were confiscated at the Chkalovskiy Military Airport near Moscow by local representatives of Russia’s State Security Service or FSB.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) immediately stepped in and those three birds that survived the trauma of the shipping and subsequent confiscation went on to IFAW rehabilitator, Sergey Ganusevich. Having been packed tightly within a cardboard paper box, the birds were in extremely poor condition, dangerously underfed and in need of proper care.

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We now have the exciting news to report that these three falcons were rehabilitated successfully and released today April 2, at Kamchatka (where the birds were originally caught)! (See the before and after views below to grasp the transformation.) We are so pleased to see that these birds will now have a second chance at life.

Comments: 1

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

Oh, those poor things! They look like popsicles in a box. I am so happy they got saved.

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