A Pallid Harrier, one of Europe's rarest birds, will be sent to a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Sicily after it was shot in Gozo on the 8 September, BirdLife Malta said.
The Pallid Harrier is a rare visitor to Malta and is considered to be one of the most threatened birds of prey in Europe.
The juvenile Pallid Harrier was seen being shot by a member of the public in Gozo who gave the injured bird to BirdLife. A veterinary surgeon examined the protected bird and diagnosed a fracture to its right wing.
"Luckily, the injury was not fatal and with proper treatment this bird is expected to make a full recovery. Malta to date does not have the rehabilitation facilities to care for wild birds with these kinds of injuries," said Nicholas Barbara, BirdLife Malta Conservation Manager.
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