A griffon vulture, named Dobrila looks out from its transporter upon arrival at Belgrade airport, Serbia, Friday, April 12, 2019. Months after it flew as far away as Turkey’s border with Syria, a griffon vulture from Serbia has been flown back home by plane back to its natural habitat. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
BELGRADE, Serbia – Months after it flew as far away as Turkey's border with Syria, a griffon vulture from Serbia has been brought home by plane.
The one-year-old female bird named Dobrila is from the central Serbian nature reserve of Uvac and it is not clear why it wandered so far away.
Officials say Dobrila was apparently unable to come back home on her own and that the bird's return was the result of a joint effort by Serbia and Turkey.
There are about 500 griffon vultures in the Uvac reserve. The birds are considered a protected species in Serbia.
Serbian Environment Minister Goran Trivan says "this is a very important moment for us … the most important thing is that she is well."