BLM retrieves another two illegally shot birds, including one in Gozo
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Watch – Another two illegally shot protected birds have been retrieved by BirdLife Malta in the past week, one of which was in Gozo.
BLM said that they are the 8th and 9th victims of this year’s autumn hunting season. Two juvenile Honey Buzzards recovered on the 14th and the 21st of September, one in Gozo and the other one in Malta.
The first one, recovered from Gozo, was handed over to BirdLife Malta by the Gozo Police and it had pellets in its body but thankfully no broken bones meaning that it can hopefully be rehabilitated, BLM said.It added that, the second Honey Buzzard was recovered yesterday from Girgenti, and taken to the vet this morning, who confirmed that “it had also been illegally shot.”
BLM remarked that it was a farmer in the area who called the police to report this incident, when the bird landed in his field “after being shot down.”
BirdLife Malta has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to hope save more victims of illegal hunting.
“It is only with the support of generous donations that we are able rescue, rehabilitate and release birds that have fallen victim to illegal hunting to ensure they can continue their epic migratory journey, Concluded BirdLife Malta.
Photographs by BirdLife Malta