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California condor
Get the Lead Out
KSBW.com, May 14, 2010

High Lead Levels Found In Condor Chick
Chick's Parent Taken To LA Zoo For Treatment

HOLLISTER, Calif. -- The first known condor chick born at a California park in more than 100 years has been put into intensive care after extremely high levels of lead were found in its blood.

Biologists at Pinnacles National Monument said they were tracking the nestling when the high levels of lead was last week.

The male parent condor of the nestling was trapped, and biologists said they found he had toxic levels of lead in his blood.

The condor was taken to the Los Angeles Zoo to have the lead removed.

The 50-day-old chick was treated by veterinarians and biologists while in its nest inside a rocky cliff cavern, but it was decided on Wednesday that the chick needed to be evacuated from its nest to an intensive care unit.

Biologists are now trying to trap the adult female condor to determine if she has been exposed to lead.

The condor nest was the first inside the Pinnacles National Monument since re-establishment efforts started in 2003, and was the first documented nest in the park in more than 100 years, park officials said.

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