By Renee C. Rebman
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29 Two black vulture chicks rest together in their nest. 30 Vulture chicks are very vulnerable to predators such as skunks, foxes, and raccoons. Chicks cannot protect themselves and are in great danger if left alone. They also cannot regulate their own body temperature. They depend on their parents to keep them warm. They need constant care for the first five days of life. Vulture parents feed their chick with regurgitated food brought up from their crops. The chick will push its head into the parent’s throat to feed.
The plan was to raise the chicks and eventually release them back into the wild. Raising the chicks proved to be a little tricky. 39 The eggs were placed in incubators and carefully monitored. Once the chicks hatched, they had to be fed. Team members fed them by using hand puppets. These puppets were made to look like condors. This method was used to stop the chicks from imprinting on humans. Condors can develop an attraction to humans. This behavior can be detrimental once they are returned to the wild because they will depend on humans for food and shelter.
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