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‘‘People failed to perceive the beauty of these magnificent, free-ranging’’ vultures, says veterinary scientist Hans Frey.

Mighty vulture back from near extinction

Austrian project breeds success

By Colin Nickerson
Globe Staff / October 31, 2006

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HARINGSEE, Austria -- Europe's immense bearded vulture, sometimes called the "bone crusher," boasts a wingspan of nearly 10 feet, plucks meals from avalanche debris, and breeds its chicks in the subzero temperatures of the wintertime Alps. Its gastric juices register a "1" on the pH scale, nearly pure acid. Seething belly bile is a necessity for a creature that subsists ... (Full article: 1411 words)

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