Turkey Vultures Evolved Extreme Gut to Cope with Their Disgusting Diet

November 26, 2014 3:55 PM

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The human gut is remarkable when it comes to packing away turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving. But have you ever wondered how other animals manage to survive on food that's inedible to others? Vultures, for example, can live on a diet of carrion that would at least lead to severe food-poisoning and more likely kill most other animals. Now, scientists have discovered how vultures manage to survive their diet.

Vultures eat rotting meat from carcasses, which is contaminated with bacteria and even feces that would likely kill other animals. Yet it seems as if these birds are actually immune to the cocktail of deadly microbes.

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