This huge griffon vulture named Godric in tribute to the founder of Gryffindor house in Harry Potter is recovering at an Italian animal centre after being found injured and severely malnourished.
Vets, who named the griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) after Godric Gryffindor, one of the four founders of Hogwarts and the founder of Gryffindor house in the ‘Harry Potter’ books and films, are hoping to work their magic so the bird of prey can fly again.
According to local media, Godric was found by two residents several days ago in the commune of Torre Pellice in the city of Turin in the north-western Italian region of Piedmont.
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The bird, which was unable to fly, did not have a ring or microchip used on birds as part of breeding programmes.
The vulture was taken to the Animal Centre of Grugliasco where vets and experts from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Turin treated it, according to reports.
Godric was malnourished and dehydrated while an X-ray showed damage to its left wing.
Vets believe the animal was hit in the air by something, fell to the ground and was unable to stand or fly again.
They also said the bird is slowly recovering and is eating well again and the passive physiotherapy treatment will continue for a while longer.
In the footage shared on social media, Godric is seen pecking at a hunk of meat with a towel draped over its back.
Centre head Mitzy Mauthe von Degerfeld said: “Before being released, Godric needs to regain its strength and muscle weight before we check it is able to fly.”
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