Endangered vultures hatch in captivity in India

MUMBAI, India — The long-billed vulture, one of the world’s most endangered birds, has been bred in captivity for the first time in India, scientists said Tuesday.

The three chicks that hatched in February and March in a breeding center in northern India belong to one of three species of Asian vultures facing extinction. All of the baby birds had fledged — or taken their first flight by Monday.

The World Conservation Union has listed the three Indian vulture species as critically endangered, the category applied to animals closest to extinction.

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Courtesy : K.F.Keravala

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