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thenewgreen  ·  3827 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: India's Vanishing Vultures (2011)

    The three species of Gyps vultures were dying from ingesting livestock carcasses treated with diclofenac, a mild painkiller akin to aspirin or ibuprofen. After taking it themselves for decades, Indians began using it in the early 1990s to ease the aches of their farm animals' cracked hooves and swollen udders. For reasons that remain unknown, vultures that feed on animals treated with diclofenac develop visceral gout—untreatable kidney failure that causes a crystallized bloom across their internal organs. Death occurs within weeks.
-It's amazing to me that the same substance that humans can safely ingest can wipe out an entire species of bird. Could it be that the diclofenac somehow transforms once ingested by livestock? Could it be that it isn't so safe for humans?

    Since the collapse of the vulture population, the number of feral dogs in India has risen by 30 percent. In a country that already accounts for nearly three-quarters of rabies deaths worldwide, dogs pose a serious health risk.
-The consequences of a species disappearing is often not what you would think. I wouldn't have guessed that a disappearance of vultures could account for an increase in rabies in humans. Mother nature.... she's requires an unforeseen balance.