July 18, 2019: Turkish Cargo has performed another life-saving transportation operation of an endangered griffon vulture to Belgrade, which started flying in Serbia and became exhausted in Sanliurfa, in south-eastern Turkey, after flying 1,600 kilometres long on its seasonal migration route.

The 1.5-year old vulture named Dobrila, the last chain of the ecological system and living in the Uvac canyon of Serbia only in Europe was been found by the farmers in Sanliurfa. Thus, it was taken to the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Urfa.

The vulture underwent some checks and reached its proper and healthy weight again and then, it was released to the nature to continue flying on its migration route. When it was noticed that Dobrila, a member of the fowler family, could not continue flying, the officials of the ministry of agriculture and forestry established contact with the Serbian authorities using the tag and tracking number, available in its foot. Following the discussions between the officials of the two countries, it was decided to send Dobrila to the Biological Research Institute (Sini%u0161a Stankovi%u0107) in Belgrade.

After having been carried to Serbia from Sanliurfa via Istanbul under the sponsorship of Turkish Cargo, the griffon vulture was handed over to the Serbian officials during a ceremony attended by Tanju Bilgic, the ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Serbia, and Goran Trivan, the minister of environmental protection of Serbia.

Turkish Cargo has previously transported four lions from Ukraine, which were struggling with hunger and suffering, to their natural habitat in Johannesburg.

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