“You can imagine if you breathe the air coming from a rotting deer on the side of the road or if were to wash into our water supply it could make you and I sick, but they’re able to eat that material and destroy, remove the toxic elements and help keep the Earth clean,” Joplin said….
If the fact that they act as key parts of nature’s cleaning crew isn’t good enough for you, Joplin says vultures are pretty much harmless.
“They’re not dangerous birds, they have no way of protecting themselves other than throwing up,” he said.
Sounds gross, but, when you think about it, says Joplin: “If you’re going to have an encounter with a wild animal, it’s probably better to be thrown up on than bit or clawed.”
“They clean the Earth, they eat the dead decaying and rotting material, toxic things,” Joplin said. “They’re helping to clean the earth by consuming that material, stuff that would make you or I ill.”
Can we have a bit of love for the less-photogenic among us? The French have a term for it: jolie laide.
This shoebill bird is also jolie laide, and beyond that, he’s rather polite. However, he’s also pretty scary looking. Am I the only one who gets the impression he thinks he’s bowing to his dinner? (No embed available; totally worth your time to click over.)