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Sigmar the eagle returns to Berlin

This rare bird of prey was shot down over Malta

26.09.2007: The Lesser Spotted Eagle from Brandenburg stateSigmar the Eagle before the veterinary surgerySigmar the Eagle before the veterinary surgery, Sigmar, who was shot down over Malta on Sunday on his way to Africa, is expected back in Germany tomorrow (Thursday). According to the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) in Bonn, Sigmar, who is at present in a Maltese rehabilitation station, is not in a very good condition: "If he stays on Malta his chances of survival are slim" stated CBBS spokesman Heinz Schwarze. CABS has therefore organised the return by air of the rare bird of prey to Germany, in cooperation with the Maltese environmental organisation MEPA, the Brandenburg Ministry for the Environment, the Federal Nature Protection Agency and Air Malta.

"Air Malta were extremely helpful and agreed to the free transport of Sigmar without hesitation" says a relieved Heinz Schwarze. Providing all goes well Sigmar will arrive at Frankfurt am Main airport tomorrow evening at about 22:30 pm. Subsequently he will be taken by CABS personnel directly to the Veterinary Medicine Department of the Free University Berlin, where he will be examined and treated by Dr Susanne Mueller, the resident Lesser Spotted Eagle expert. A short press conference is scheduled at the university clinic on Friday morning, 27.09.2007, 8:00 am (please call for details). As soon as Sigmar is on the mend he will be taken to the Nature Protection Station at Woblitz, where he was reared earlier this year, to be reintroduced into the wild.

Further information and report about ”Sigmar” can be found here: [[/en/projects/malta/bird-camps-2007/lesser-spotted-eagle-shot|Lesser Spotted Eagle shot on Malta]]