Berchtesgaden/Garmisch-Partenkirchen (dpa/lby) - After the death of the female bearded vulture Wally, the remains of the animal are examined. This should clarify a possible cause of death, said the spokesman for the State Association for Bird Protection (LBV), Markus Erlwein, on Wednesday. "We hope to learn something during June."
However, it is unclear to what extent the investigations can bring concrete results. The carcass had probably been outside for at least a month. "It remains to be seen whether one can really find out anything from the few remains."
A climbing team from the LBV found the remains of the animal that had disappeared since mid-April on Saturday. Bones, feathers, a ring and a GPS transmitter lay in an inaccessible gully at an altitude of 1500 meters.
Wally and her fellow Bavarian were released into the wild last summer in Berchtesgaden National Park, more than 100 years after the bearded vultures were exterminated in Germany. Bavaria, which circled as far as Vienna, is still doing well. Two young female Bearded Vultures from the same breeding program are to be released in Spain next week.