A chick of rare Oriental stork is under WWF’s caring wing
The most important thing when working with any wild animal is not to disturb it and provide with the right diet. Now the chick is about a month and a half old, it fits to its age, just starting to get on its feet, actively eats fresh fish and has been transferred to a large aviary, where it can learn to fly and improve these skills.
A special infrastructure facility for the rescue of endangered birds such as storks and cranes, was built at the Rehab Center TIGR with the help of WWF supporters in Russia in 2020. It includes a warm cabin for keeping migratory birds in winter and a network of aviaries for their rehabilitation in the warm season. An important part of this complex is a flying aviary. Here, chicks and birds with injuries, after surgery, have the opportunity to spread their wings, recover and retain their ability to fly. Saving each bird important for the survival of the species in general.
The Oriental stork is one of the rarest birds in
the Russian Far East. It is endangered and listed in the Red Book of the
Russian Federation, IUCN, Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Since 1998, thanks to the
activities carried out by the state with the support of WWF Russia Amur branch,
the number of breeding pairs of Oriental storks in the Russian part of the Amur
ecoregion has doubled and is estimated at 950 pairs.