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Photo taken in June, 2014 @ Zoo Dierenrijk, The Netherlands

Hadn't seen the Griffon Vulture chick (or any other I've seen so far) lying down while being fed. Makes for a different photo :)

Species: Griffon Vulture (Vale gier)

Latin name: Gyps fulvus

Originates from Europe, the Middle east and Africa.

Current status: Least Concern

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LaChasseGalerie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018
They are such good parents. ^^
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
They really, really are :aww:
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Professional
That young one has the most puppy eyes ever! <3 Thanks for sharing this, I love vultures.

There are few photos about vulture parenting, even though they're monogamous and caring birds.
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :meow:

It was very special to see a vulture chick from that close; they're adorable and so cute :meow:

You're right, there really aren't that many. They're great parents though, it's just pretty hard to raise them to maturity :(
The chick born at my local zoo didn't make it, though at a different zoo they had quite a few hatch and they're growing up real quick. They're all part of a release program, which makes it that much more awesome :D
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Professional
How long does it take for them to reach maturity?
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
They actually grow into their size and plumage rather quick, but I think sexual maturity takes a few years.

One of the zoos I mentioned, they had chicks born in April and May 2017; they were taken to Sardinia, Italy in January where they acclimated for a few months and were released mid-April this year. I reckon they can live on their own and survive at around 1 year old.
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH oh my this is sooo ciuuuuuuuuuuuuute :heart:
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you feel that way :heart:
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
Oh I adore vultures such beautiful birds and as I said so cute!
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