OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California condor is being treated for lead poisoning at the Oakland Zoo.
Veterinarians say the bird, named Ventana, tested positive for lead poisoning at Pinnacles National Park and was critically sick when she arrived at the Steve and Jackie Kane Condor Recovery Center on the morning of May 1.
When Ventana's blood levels show that she is lead-free, she will be released back into the wild.
She's the oldest living wild-raised chick in the Central California flock. She was hatched in Big Sur, California, on May 5, 2007.
Condors, highly endangered birds that weigh about 20 pounds and have a wingspan of 9 ½ feet, are being poisoned by eating the carcasses of animals shot by hunters with lead ammunition.
California has a new law that will ban lead ammunition but it won't be phased in until 2019.