📸 by @michael.laubscher

Vultures are often overlooked as lowly scavengers. However, they are a key component to maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Because of their role as nature’s garbage disposals, vultures are able to keep the environment clean and free of contagious diseases.

These birds have an extremely corrosive stomach acid that allows them to consume rotting animal corpses.

These scavenged leftovers are often infected with anthrax, botulinum toxins, rabies, and hog cholera that would otherwise kill other scavengers.

By ridding the ground of dead animals, vultures prevent diseases from spreading to humans and animals.

Information sourced from the World Atlas article in our story