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Cape buffalo carcass left to the clean up crew.

The real surprise here is that the buffalo still has its eyes at all. Soft tissue is usually the 1st to go when vultures show up, and I suspect the only reason they are still intact is because the lions that put this animal down opened up other avenues for the birds to access its insides.

The hide of a cape buffalo is 2 inches (5cm) thick in some places, and the vultures are ill-equipped to penetrate it. Without the help of the larger predators they would have their work cut out for them.

Vultures consume up to 70% of all available carrion (decaying flesh) on the African continent, this is due to their huge foraging range, which averages somewhere between 70 – 85 miles (112 – 136km) per day.

#natureismetal

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