Dexter – Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

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Dexter – Turkey Vulture
(Cathartes aura)

Dexter is a Turkey Vulture who came to Badger Run after being hit by a car. His wing was fractured & did not heal correctly leaving him unable to fly well. We also think he sustained a bit of head trauma. Turkey Vultures are actually related to storks & are not considered a bird of prey. They also have a developed sense of smell. Another fun fact is that these birds cool off by defecating on their feet. They also “defend” themselves by vomiting at any animal that bothers them. They can send it sailing up to 10 feet. The Cherokee call the Turkey Vulture the “Peace Eagle” because they are large & soar like eagles, but never kill their own                                                                                             prey instead feeding on animals that are                                                                                             already dead.

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