Bee Sting’s Story – Part Two

Bee Sting on the power line at the Millstream Pre-primary School
Bee Sting on the power line at the Millstream Pre-primary School
"Vulture whisperer" Kerri Wolter, talking to Bee Sting before catching her, to take her to VulPro
“Vulture whisperer” Kerri Wolter, talking to Bee Sting before catching her, to take her to VulPro

In the last week of May 2016, Bee Sting was perched on power lines at the Millstream Pre-primary School, in real danger of being electrocuted. (Read more at: Why are power lines so dangerous to vultures?) Thanks to visual sightings and our satellite tracking of Bee Sting we were alerted to the dangerous position that she was in and we were able to flush her off the power line structures and Kerri was able to capture her.

Millstream Pre-primary School pupils
Millstream Pre-primary School pupils

The school pupils received the special treat of a close encounter with one of South Africa’s most beautiful birds and the chance to learn more about the species.  Kerri Wolter is very experienced at handling vultures and knows how to hold them without hurting them or allowing them to injure themselves.

Bee Sting being carefully held by Kerri, meeting the school children
Bee Sting being carefully held by Kerri, meeting the school children

Bee Sting was taken back to VulPro and re-released for another chance at freedom, we are really hoping that this time she proves to be a little more street wise about her environment.  All vultures are special and very important to save the species from extinction, but we’d be lying if we said that some of them are just a little more special than others because of the work that we have done with them.

Bee Sting’s Story – Part Three will introduce one of the vets who treated her and teach us about how they saved her life.

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