Sunday, July 13, 2008

Education Spotlight: Turk!

Okay, it's true that vultures have some questionable social habits by human standards. Yes, they go to the bathroom on their legs to keep cool. And yes, they throw up when they get excited. Maybe they aren't the most beautiful birds on the planet (though I know some folks who'd be glad to debate that with you) and you might not want to date a guy who eats dead stuff he finds on the ground.

But they say there's an exception to every rule, so perhaps you should meet Turk! Turk is a twelve-year-old turkey vulture who is, in my opinion, a fine looking guy. Turk is a favorite in our education programs and he loves to perform. He has his little quirks. For example, Turk loathes the color yellow, particularly when it is bright!

Turkey vultures stand about 2' tall and have those familiar red heads and faces. Many of us have seen them snacking on the side of the road or soaring above us. Vultures love to soar, and you can ID them from the ground by observing their V-shaped wings. They also tip a little back and forth, kind of like a butterfly.

So, if you are wondering if there's a vulture out there who is right for you, drop by and say hello to Turk. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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