Turkey vultures vomit to express upset feelings & to cool themselves off when it's hot out they go to the bathroom on their feet. Their vomit & feces are highly acidic & accidentally damage people's roofs & electricity structures causing power failures sometimes sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/archive…
Today I learned of a Tibetan sky burial, where the body is chopped up and fed to vultures. abc.net.au/news/2017-09-1…
In Kentucky, 1876, a woman making soap in her yard was surprised by chunks of meat falling from the sky. The cause of the Kentucky Meat Shower would elude experts at the time, many of whom felt it was probably bacteria. Eventually, the best guess became vulture vomit. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Today I learned about Vulture Bees. Bees that eat rotten meat and make meat honey from it, which is clear and sweet. the13thfloor.tv/2018/01/1…
Vulture Bees substitute pollen for meat, but still make honey from nectar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
The starving child from 'The vulture and the little girl' taken in 1993 survived and had been taken care of by the UN food aid station. However, passed due to "fevers" in 2007. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Kevin Carter, the photographer that received a Pulitzer Prize for the photograph he took of a starving boy and vulture in South Sudan ended up taking his own life in 1994 with this suicide note β€œhaunted by vivid memories and killings & corpses...starving children...of trigger happy madmen” 100photos.time.com/photos…
Pipeline gas leaks were designed to be detected by vultures popsci.com/gas-leaks-are-…
Turkey Vultures were (and sometimes still are) used by natural gas companies to pinpoint pipeline leaks. (4th paragraph down) bedfordaudubon.org/2016/0…
Bees that make meat honey exist. The Vulture bee collects and processes meat into 'honey'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
Today I learned about β€œVulture Bees,” 3 species of necrophagous Central American stingless bees which use meat as a protein source. stri-sites.si.edu/sites/p…
South African gamblers smoke endangered vulture brains for luck blogs.scientificamerican.…
The Bearded Vulture's diet is 70-90% bones and often swallows them whole en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Is 2011, Saudi Arabia detained an Israeli vulture on suspicion of spying after it was discovered with a GPS transmitter attached to it. bbc.com/news/world-middle…
During the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, the United States proposed "Operation Vulture" which involved the potential use of nuclear weapons against the Viet Minh in support of France. These proposals only fell through due to the British government's refusal to support them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Turkey vultures use defensive vomit to get rid of any disturbing animal. They can propel their vomit up to 10 feet. naturemappingfoundation.o…
Today I learned of the Dracula parrot found only in New Guinea. Despite its name, the parrot eats no meat but rather feeds almost exclusively on figs. Just as vultures adapted a featherless head to feed cleanly on bloody carcasses, a Dracula parrot's lack of face feathers keeps its face clean of sticky figs. australiangeographic.com.…
Bearded vultures seize turtles and fly high above the ground to release the reptile, typically over rocky ground or onto large rocks or boulders. These vultures will repeat the exercise if the shell of the turtle does not break after the first attempt. sciencing.com/animals-eat…
"buzzards" are hawks, not vultures. Referring to vultures as "buzzards" is a strictly American English practice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
A group of vultures is referred to differently depending on what they're observed doing: "kettle", "committee" or "wake." The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee refers to vultures resting on the ground or in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
Bearded vultures are the only birds that live exclusively off of bones and eat both the marrow and bone itself. birdwatchingdaily.com/beg…
Naturalist William Bartram described finding a "painted vulture" during his travels in Florida in the 1770s. No one else has ever found this supposed Florida bird. It's not known exactly what the "painted vulture" wasβ€”it could have been a subspecies or relative of the living king vulture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Today I learned about the Kentucky meat shower of 1876, where pieces of meat appeared to fall on Bath County. One theory is that a flock of vultures vomited in the area; the meat was said to taste like lamb or deer. Another is that the meat was a cyanobacteria which expands to a jelly-like mass when wet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
A Zoroastrian Parsi community views burying or cremating the dead as polluting nature, rather the community offers its dead to vultures. The vulture population collapsed by 99% in 2007 (due to a drug used on local cattle), they now use solar concentrators to dehydrate the dead. npr.org/2012/09/05/160401…
Two species of vultures (New World and Old World) evolved completely separately from each other on different continents, suggesting that vultures have a huge and essential ecological value in nature. royalsocietypublishing.or…
Diclofenac is toxic to some birds and its use in livestock is linked to a drop in vulture populations, which causes a rise in feral dogs populations and an increased risk of rabies transmission en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
Today I learned of Sky Burials where the the corpse is left exposed to the elements and often eaten by vultures atlasobscura.com/articles…
Tibetans practice 'sky burials' where bodies are chopped up and left to be picked clean by vultures 'who take the dead to Heaven' nationalgeographic.com/vi…
Teddy Roosevelt and his son killed 512+ animals on a safari, the menagerie included: 17 lions, 3 leopards, 7 cheetahs, 9 hyenas, 11 elephants, 20 rhino, 29 zebras, 27 gazelles, 9 giraffes, 4 flamingos, 8 hippopotami, 2 ostriches, 4 crocodiles, 4 pythons, 2 vultures, and a pelican. vox.com/2015/7/29/9067587…
Sky burial is a funeral practice in which a human corpse is placed on a mountaintop to decompose while exposed to the elements or to be eaten by scavenging animals, like vultures. For Tibetan Buddhists, sky burial and cremation are templates of instructional teaching on the impermanence of life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
On March 3, 1876 in Bath County, Kentucky, What appeared to be flakes of red meat fell from the sky. People tasted it and said it seemed to be mutton or venison. Others said it may have been bear meat. The widely accepted theory is that it was carrion, vomited up by vultures passing over. vice.com/en_us/article/8q…
Deceased Tibetan Buddhists are given a β€œsky burial” in which the body is folded in half, walked to the burial site on someone’s back, and then dismembered and fed to vultures. There is no wood for a cremation, and the ground is too hard to dig due to the high altitude they live in. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Turkey Vultures have been & sometimes are still used to detect natural gas leaks from pipelines; the odor that gas companies add to gas (so we can detect it since it's odorless) is the same as rotting flesh, which leads the vultures to congregate in the sky in the area of the leak. loe.org/shows/segments.ht…
Today I learned about Ruppell’s griffon vultures which can fly at over 37,000 ft high, higher than the altitude of an average airplane themysteriousworld.com/10…
The bearded vulture is the only known animal whose diet is almost exclusively (70-90%) bone. They can swallow whole or bite through bones up to the size of a lamb's femur. They can carry bones up to their body weight (8.8 lbs) and they have learned to crack bones by dropping them on rocks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
There is an american species of bees called Vulture bees, which make honey out of rotten meat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
Population of Indian vultures declined by 97% because of a drug called Diclofenac that was administered to livestock. Vultures died from infections after eating the carcasses of those animals treated by that drug. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Vulture stomach acid has a pH of 1.0 and eliminates deadly bacteria, such as B. anthracis (anthrax). Vultures also urinate on themselves to rid accumulating bacteria and aid in thermoregulation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
Nearly all vultures in India have died due to eating corpses of animals recently treated with the drug diclofenac. In a butterfly effect, there is now a major rabies problem, with an annual cost of US$26 billion per year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The flight patterns of vultures track the border between Spain and Portugal due to differing waste laws bbc.com/news/blogs-news-f…
The Bearded Vulture is the only known animal to feed almost exclusively on animal bone. They hate the meat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Kevin Carter, the man who won a Pulitzer for his photograph of a vulture overlooking a starving child in Sudan, killed himself due to the guilt he felt from his time as a photojournalist in South Africa and the horrors he witnessed and captured. allthatsinteresting.com/k…
Vulture bees feed on rotting meat instead of pollen or nectar, while essentially making the equivalent of meat honey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
Several species of African Vultures (like the most common, the White-backed Vulture) are currently critically endangered due to human farmers poisoning dead livestock in an effort to ward off mammalian predators like hyenas and lions but unintentionally decimate vulture populations as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
After poachers kill large mammals the presence of vultures overhead can warn rangers that a kill happened. So the poachers poison the carcasses for the vultures. This is causing a large decline in the vulture populations and leading to increased levels of disease. theconversation.com/vultu…
In many countries it is illegal to kill vultures and most other raptors because they are so vital to the ecosystem. sciencedirect.com/science…
Today I learned of a species of bee called the Vulture bee, which makes a honey like substance out of rotten meat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
Vulture population has decreased by 99%+ in India because Diclofenac/Voltaren, commonly used to treat cattle, is lethal to them. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Kevin Carter committed suicide 3 months after winning the Pulitzer Prize for a photograph of a starving toddler being stalked by a vulture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
Black Vultures not only scavenge dead animals, but attack and kill live ones by pecking out their eyes and tearing at their hind end. agweb.com/mobile/article/…

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