Bearded vulture tragedy

The majestic sight of a bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) in flight over the Maluti mountains of Lesotho is a rare privilege, but this week Project Vulture reported that a dead bird was found in the north-eastern Free State. The reason for its demise is not known, but the death of the 5-year-old bird is a massive setback for the highly-endangered and diminishing population confined to Lesotho and the high-lying areas in KZN, Free State and Eastern Cape.