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Buzzards, Vultures, Whatever

By Wyatt Earp | April 21, 2008

It’s like “potato,” “potato.”

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Maybe if they were pretty, the ubiquitous buzzards that soar over Texas and elsewhere on their way to dine on some carcass wouldn’t be viewed with such repugnance or be considered nuisances.

“Unquestionably, they’re as ugly as sin,” says Ian Tizard, a Texas A&M University professor of immunology and director of the school’s Schubot Exotic Bird Center.

The misnamed birds — they’re really vultures, and either turkey or black vultures — range over much of the United States, and they’re even welcomed as a sure sign of spring on their annual March return to Hinckley, Ohio.

But their proliferation is making them unwelcome, from high-rises in Florida to ranches in Texas, denying them the respect they may deserve as Mother Nature’s vacuum cleaners. Think roadkill.

“We’d have a lot more smelly dead bodies around the place if they weren’t there to clean it up,” Tizard said. (H/T – )

Ya know, if being “ugly as sin” were grounds for termination, Sarah Jessica Parker would have been killed long ago!

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