Vultures use acid, nasty bacteria to digest rotting flesh

November 25, 2014 9:27 PM

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Vultures use acid, nasty bacteria to digest rotting flesh

They snack on danger and dine on death, merrily munching on rotting flesh that would certainly sicken or kill any person and most other animals. But how do vultures do it?

These feathery scavengers have one of the toughest guts on the planet, that is how. Scientists said on Tuesday that their analysis of two species of North American vultures showed that the birds possess a ferociously acidic digestive system and intestines loaded with two fiendish kinds of bacteria.

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