Local police were alerted by passers-by and drivers to the presence of a griffon vulture near to Lidl on Avenida Juan Carlos I in Vélez-Málaga on Tuesday last week.
The animal, which was causing traffic jams at the roundabout near the entrance to the supermarket, had suffered an injury to one of its wings according to witnesses. Several people came to its rescue and were able to move it away from the traffic.
Local police officers reported on social media that the animal was weak and, after being given food and water, it was transferred to the centre for the recovery of endangered species (CREA) in Malaga.
The griffon vulture is a species of accipitriform bird of the Accipitridae family and along with the Black, Egyptian and Bearded vulture, is one of the few species of vulture found in Europe.
Biologist Rafael Yus explained on Wednesday on Cadena Ser radio in the Axarquía that these young vultures come from the Sierra de las Nieves and that in recent weeks several birds have been sighted in the area, particularly in the vicinity of the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama natural park.