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11 animals on the verge of extinction

By: Shea Gunther on Dec. 7, 2016, 10:21 a.m.
Egyptian vulture on muddy ground

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Egyptian vultures

These beautiful, white, well-feathered birds have an average wing span of 5.5 feet and are found in southern Europe, northern Africa and western and southern Asia. They use tools, dropping rocks onto ostrich eggs to crack the shell. Their thin beaks and long necks let them get carrion larger birds can't reach. These crafty birds face a declining population across all of its regions, with between 13,000 and 41,000 birds in the wild. A surprising source of danger for the birds is Diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug used on domesticated animals