Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Clean-up Committee

Black vultures find carrion by sight and, on the river, they are looking for a meal such as this large catfish that washed up on shore.  They have substantial toes, but weak claws and cannot carry anything away.  They will put their foot down, like the one on the left, and hold the carrion down while they rip pieces of flesh from the carcass.  Sometimes, they will work as a team, as these two may be doing, with each pulling at opposite ends to disassemble the carcass more easily.

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