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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Wildlife biologists say a second California condor has been found with pellets embedded in its body, the second bird in a month found shot.

Ventana Wildlife Society Director Kelly Sorenson says the endangered condor was trapped on March 26 in Big Sur and is suffering from lead poisoning, likely from eating carrion that had also been shot.

When biologists were treating the juvenile female, they found three lead shotgun pellets in its body. The condor was sent to the Los Angeles Zoo for treatment.

About three weeks ago lead pellets were discovered in another bird being tested for lead poisoning. That adult male condor is being kept alive with a feeding tube.

Sorenson says it is unclear whether either bird will ever be healthy enough to be returned to the wild.

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Iran’s rare trees in threat of extinction

PRESS TV – IRAN

Environmental experts have warned about the critical condition of rare trees in Iran’s protected Nayband area in Bushehr Province.

“The 400-year-old Fig Tree of Temples, which is 20 meters thick and is believed by some to be the world’s thickest tree, is on the verge of extinction,” Fars News Agency quoted environmentalist, Ali Moazzenzadeh as saying.

“Nayband spans an area of over 50,000 hectares and houses a number of the country’s rarest trees, such as Aloe Vera and Devil’s Pomegranate which only grows in Nayband and has medicinal and nutritional values,” he added.

“Since Nayband is located in the industrial city of Asalouyeh, its trees are exposed to high levels of gas and oil contamination and are therefore in critical condition,” said Moazzenzadeh.

Experts also urged Iran’s Environmental Protection Organization, South Pars gas field managers and locals to help protect Nayband’s old and rare trees.

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