I smelled something really bad at the rescue center the other day. I asked Lila what was going on. She explained we had a turkey vulture come in which couldn’t fly. She proceeded to fill me in on the turkey vulture’s natural history. Vultures are best known for their practice of feeding on dead animal carcasses. So that’s what I smelled! The turkey vulture is one of
North America's largest birds of prey. It reaches a length of 32 inches with a wing span of 6 feet. The turkey vulture has few natural predators. Its primary form of defense is vomiting. They simply cough up a lump of semi-digested meat. This foul smelling substance deters most creatures. I’ll say, it sure deterred me…I wouldn’t come within a hundreds yards of that smelly bird! The turkey vulture often directs its urine right onto its legs. In the summertime, wetting the legs cools the vulture, as the urine evaporates. Okay…OKAY! I’ve heard enough…too much information! Phee Phew!