Acid, Poop, and Barf: Vultures’ Secret Weapons

Vultures, you eat old, putrid dead things for a living. How is that not killing you? Hank explains the secret weapons vultures use to fight off disease, avoid predators, and beat the heat. Prepare for a Sci-Show Gross-Out!

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Sources for this episode:
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