Here’s a really unique view of what it would be like to be a dead animal in the life cycle of nature. National Geographic dropped off a wildebeest carcass in the Serengeti in Africa and recorded exactly what it looks like to see bugs swarm and vultures fight each other to eat what’s leftover of the carcass.
Vultures live on a diet of rotting meat that would result in severe food-poisoning and death in most other creatures. How they do it is a mystery, but a recent investigation suggests these opportunistic feeders have evolved an extreme stomach to help them cope with their rather severe dietary habits.
For her video project In Ictu Oculi, artist Greta Alfaro set a table with a lovely dinner in the middle of nowhere and waited. What was she waiting for? Why, for a ravenous flock of several dozen carrion birds to drop by for a snack, of course. This meal goes from amusing to terrifying in under two minutes.
German Police have trained three vultures to become 'detectives' who find bodies. The vultures could potentially be better than sniffer dogs because, well, they can fly. One problem: the vultures might peck at the bodies they find.
Heavy users of Twitter or Facebook who constantly update their status have a counterpart in the animal kingdom...vultures. These birds can quickly change their skin color to let friends and enemies know how they're doing.
This seems straight out of a Terry Gilliam film. The guy flying with the two really big birds is Scott Mason, who uses them to detect thermal currents to fly his paraglider through the skies of Nepal. It's called parahawking.