The birds, which were presumably poisoned, were lying on the grounds of the Laderas Norte rural community. Preliminary investigations suggest they were killed by local hunters.
"We are facing one of the most serious cases of endangered species' mortality in our country's history," biologist Diego Mendez said, recalling that the birds killed represent 0,5 percent of the world's condor population.
The Environment Ministry deployed a commission of experts to investigate the incident and found out the perpetrators. In the rural area, three dogs and one goat were also found poisoned.
What a magnificent sight!
The Giant South American River Turtle, known colloquially as Charapa or Arrau, is a Critically Endangered species native to the Amazon and Orinoco river drainages of South America. The astounding sight you're seeing is a "cambote de charapas," pic.twitter.com/zQxosrrtDk