Saved from the brink of a venomous death, an Andean condor vulture bows in appreciation for its human caretakers in an emotional moment
This once again proves that animals are remarkably humane and emotional.
Many animals possess the ability to recognise when it has been helped and even knows how to show appreciation to its benefactors, as exemplified by this Andean condor, who was saved from what would be certain death had human conservationists not intervened, and later thanked them for saving it.
The condor, which was named "Sayani" was poisoned in December of 2012 when it accidentally caught and ate a poisonous prey, and was discovered nearly dead by conservationists, who, with the assistance of local police and officials, managed to transport Sayani to be treated at the Buenos Aires Zoo.
After 16 months of treatment and recovery, Sayani recovered all of its previous strength and the veterinarians at the zoo determined that the vulture was fit to be released back into the wild. As such, in March of 2014, Sayani was taken to the top of a mountain in Catamarca by the staff who had rescued and cared for it for the past year and a half, all prepared to witness the majestic beast finally regain its freedom in the skies.
However, instead of ditching its caretakers, the bird perched on a rock, but did not fly away immediately. Instead, to the amazement and delight of the caretakers, Sayani turned back to the humans and bowed its head slightly, like a symbol of thanks and appreciation for its guardians.
After the heartwarming gesture of gratitude, it finally spread its wings and, to the cheering and clapping of its carers, soared freely into the blue sky enthusiastically.