Why is it a bad idea to scare a vulture?

Vultures: Cheat Sheet

Stuff You Need to Know:

  • We can thank vultures for feeding on the dead bodies of sickly animals and thereby curbing the proliferation of bacteria.
  • Feeding on diseased animals typically isn't a problem for vultures due to their incredibly powerful stomach acid that can break down the meat quickly, before any pathogens have a chance to infect it.
  • You may want to refrain from scaring a vulture, should the temptation ever arise. Here's why: Vultures are famous for inducing vomiting when threatened, and they're not the only members of the avian family to do so.

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