SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Twenty condors have been apparently poisoned with insecticide that has already killed two of the giant birds in the Chilean Andes.
Veterinarian Eric Savard has been treating them after they crashed into the rocks high in the mountains.
He told The Associated Press Monday that he believes the condors suffered organophosphate poisoning after they were exposed to insecticides used for agriculture.
The 18 survivors are recovering with an antidote, antibiotics and saline solution. They will remain under intensive care for 10 days.
Chilean officials and volunteers found a sick condor and two dead ones Monday, a day after they rescued 17 others who were too frail to fly.
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