The La family living beside the Da river in Quynh Nhai district of northern mountainous Son La province has caught a strange bird coming from the nearby rocky mountain.

The bird weighs 7.5kg and has a wing span of 2.8m.

The local inhabitants, even the oldest, said they have never seen such a bird in the area. Some said that the bird looks like a kind of owl called To Lam Khau, in the local language.

The family said each day the bird eats up to 1.5kg of meat.

A local ranger believed that the bird might be a kind of vulture listed in the Red Book of Threatened Species, but it has never seen in the northwestern area of Vietnam before./.