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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Oakland Condor With Lead Poisoning Gets Way Better Medical Care Than You

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM


Last week, we told you all about a red panda at the San Francisco Zoo who got his own custom-made digs that are nicer than your crappy in-law over in the Sunset District.

And here we are today with another example of how Bay Area zoo animals wouldn't trade their life for yours, even with your Obamacare.

The Oakland Zoo reports that a California condor that contracted lead poisoning landed on their on their doorstep earlier this week in need of major health care.The Zoo hurried the bird, whose name is Ventana, to the Condor Recovery Center where she's received around-the-clock care, including a daily douse of chelation therapy.

Ventana, who was born in May 2007, will continue therapy until her blood levels reveal she is lead free, the zoo says. At that time, she will be driven to Pinnacles National Park to be released back into the wild.

click to enlarge When is the last time that many doctors cared about you? - OAKLAND ZOO
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  • When is the last time that many doctors cared about you?

It's the first condor that's been treated at the Oakland Zoo; until now, the highly endangered birds were transported to Los Angeles for any treatment needed. In 2012, the Oakland Zoo constructed a recovery center specifically to rehabilitate injured condors.

And now it has.

"This bird is very special to us as representing the second generation of condors in the wild and a direct outcome of our hard work," said Kelly Sorenson, Executive Director of Ventana Wildlife Society.

You can watch the bird's every move via the Zoo's FedEx Condor Cam.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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