It’s Day 8 of the WEGO Health Activists Writer’s Month Challenge (HAWMC), and today’s challenge is to compare my “condition” to an animal. If my “condition” were an animal, it would be a vulture.
Think about it: vultures are gross and scary. They’re predatory. They’re creepy. And no one wants to have a vulture anywhere near them. Every time I see a vulture I feel creeped out. If I see several vultures gathered together, particularly if they’re roosting rather than feeding, I feel the urge to make a speedy exit.  Turkey Vulture, first year bird (UCI Marsh, March)
Although they’re creepy, I did enjoy learning these vulture-related tidbits: When vultures circle prey from the sky, this movement is called a kettle. A group of vultures is called a wakecommitteevenuekettle, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committeevolt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding.
Whatever they’re doing, vultures are nasty. Just like my “condition.”


4 Comments on “vultures”

  1. Love this! I would call Cowden’s Syndrome and Lhermitte duclos disease vultures too.

  2. That picture is giving me the creeps. Eugh, they are an unnerving animal for sure.

  3. David Benbow says:

    Blech! You can keep your vultures in Texas. I’ll take Minnesota’s bald eagles any day. Much more inspiring.

  4. A committee??? that’s hilarious. good description of your illness though.

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