Condors survive Big Sur fire

July 9, 2008 4:07:39 PM PDT
Nearly all of the free-flying condors in the Big Sur area have survived the wildfire.

Tuesday was the first time in two weeks that workers from the Ventana Wildlife Society have been able to reach the condor sanctuary in Big Sur. The fires in the area have kept them away.

The workers found one condor on a cliff where they usually put out food. They also witnessed several condors feeding on their own.

"That gave us a good sign that maybe even without us they maybe make it in this world on their own," Kelly Sorenson of the Ventana Wildlife Society said.

All but one adult bird and three chicks have been accounted for.

The Coast Guard evacuated 16 young birds that were being kept in a holding are in Big Sur two weeks ago.

The sanctuary suffered severe damage in the fire. Both of the sanctuary's condor field pens, as well as several other structures were destroyed.


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