Acid in Vulture's Stomach may Help them Neutralize Some Poisons in Decaying Meat

November 26, 2014 12:11 PM

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Acid in Vulture's Stomach may Help them Neutralize Some Poisons in Decaying Meat

According to a new study, the microbial population of the vulture's gut is composed mainly of two bacteria and both of them are poisonous to vertebrates.

"They are really neat birds, once you get all over the gross stuff", said Keith Bildstein, director of conservation science at Hawk Mountain in Kempton, Pa., who was not involved in the study.

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