Nature's road crew

I have learned to appreciate vultures, though at first they repulsed me. Without vultures, county workers would have to bulldoze the prolific roadkill: deer, turtles, squirrels, opossums, birds, chipmunks, skunks, raccoons, groundhogs, an occasional fox.
Ever wonder why vulture heads are small and bald? Small, so they can plunge into all sorts of carcasses & ribcages. Bald because decaying body matter & bacteria would adhere to feathers and put the vulture at risk of infection.
Make sure to mention this at your next dinner party.

photo: mkbilyk

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