Workers from the Greek Center…

Workers from the Greek Center for the Care of Wild Animals (EKPAZ) hold up a pelican prior to setting it free in northern Greece. EKPAZ members also released six storks, a gray heron, two peregrine falcons and four other hawks yesterday near the banks of the Aliakmon River. Most of the birds had needed treatment after being shot by hunters. EKPAZ is to release more wild birds at Lake Kerkini today. The center’s Thessaloniki branch receives up to 1,500 injured animals and birds every year, some 20 percent of which only require short treatment. Another 4,000-4,500 creatures, mainly birds wounded by hunters, end up at the main EKPAZ hospital on Aegina.

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