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This time it is…

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The recipient:  An Andean condor

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She’s 28, has a 15-ft. wingspan, weighs 35 lb. and has poisoned blood.

 

Paul Gains¹ (National Geographic)

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   According to Pilar Fish, DVM (and the director of the National Aviary in Pittsburgh), birds, often the fragilest of creatures welcome and receive unusual care. Andean condors can live for 50 years and when in captivity sometimes require special care. Lianaa had just lost her mate, but more than that, she began vomiting, having diarrhea, was breathing heavily, and was refusing to eat. The culprit was rat poison brought in by a mouse from the outside and, what was learned, had killed her mate.

   Quickly it was learned that that was also Lianni’s problem. The long-shot solution: Give the huge bird “bird blood” from “willing” tiny volunteers. To see how this bizarre treatment proceeded see the March 2016 Guideposts that should still be available in your dentist’s waiting room. It’s a singular story that’s hard to forget.

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   ¹ The bird pictured is not Lianni, but one photographed by Paul Gains in Peru in June 2015. See samples of his outstanding photography on the Internet.