Black Vulture

BlackVulture

It looks a bit like its brain is growing on the wrong side of its skull. These grisly-looking birds apparently have an important function in the ecosystem. They feed on dead bodies thus preventing bacteria such as anthrax from spreading.  Their gastric acid is extremely corrosive and bacteria infesting carcasses cannot survive in their digestive system. They are nature’s own janitorial team. Pretty amazing.

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