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Vultures in Peru are Warning Residents of the Impact of Their Garbage

A group of vultures are trying to turn the tide against pollution in Lima, Peru. You read that right. VULTURES, with the help of human researchers from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, are helping Peruvians fight back against piles of garbage around the capital city.

The trash problem is so bad in Lima, that there is garbage literally piled up on the beaches.

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So researchers with the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos have created a program called Gallinazo Avisa (Vultures Alert) to bring attention to major areas of pollution and garbage in the city of Lima.

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The researchers were studying the flight patterns of the birds since July.

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Eventually, someone had the idea to use the birds to alert Lima of their garbage problem.

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Armed with a GPS tracker and a GoPro camera, each vulture is collecting real-life data on garbage problem in Peru.

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Researchers are hoping that by collecting this data they can essentially shame people into cleaning up their garbage in the name of national health.

Why use vultures for this project? Simple: Vultures eat garbage and decaying animals.

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This means that the vultures are picking up information on where the trash is being piled just by searching for their food. Mutually beneficial.

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Don’t worry. Every vulture has gone through rigorous health examinations and are fit for duty.

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After being screened medically, the vultures are fitted with their equipment and released into the wild to start gathering information about garbage around the city.

Gallinazo Avisa has a full interactive map on their site that monitors the vultures in real time.

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People can track the vultures flying and stopping to eat from collecting garbage they find throughout the capital city.

Watch the full promo below and get ready to be inspired…by vultures!

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There’s A Mysterious “Bat Cave” Full Of Blind Snakes Near Cancun And It’s Creepy AF

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There’s A Mysterious “Bat Cave” Full Of Blind Snakes Near Cancun And It’s Creepy AF

Mexico is full of incredible natural beauty, so it’s no wonder that it’s frequently one of the world’s most visited destinations. People love to visit the picturesque beaches, the ancient ruins, lively cities, and relaxed pueblos. But we would imagine that few people would add this mysterious ‘bat cave’ to their list of destinations, considering it’s full of blind snakes that hang from the ceiling to catch their prey. 

Mexico’s mysterious ‘bat cave’ is part of a truly unique ecosystem. 

Cancun is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist attractions. It’s home to some of the world’s greatest beaches and tons of adventure at cenotes and Mayan ruins. But, apparently, it’s also home to a unique ecosystem that includes a so-called bat cave home to thousands of blind snakes that hang upside down. Yikes!

The cave, located less than 180 miles from Cancun’s spectacular beaches, is home to a species of blind, deaf snakes that feed mainly on flying bats.”This is the only place in the world where this happens,” Arturo Enrique Bayona Miramontes, the biologist who discovered it, told Newsweek.

The cave system remained completely unknown to tourists and surprised many scientists, who marveled as the jungle was peeled away to reveal another species, another hidden natural world.

The “cave of the hanging snakes” has a 65-foot wide mouth from which thousands of bats of seven different species swarm out every night, seeking food in and around Lake Chichancanab, some 2 miles away. When the bats return from nighttime feeding, some become food for the snakes.

The cave is a bat paradise – unless they become food for the blind and deaf snakes.

The giant cave is home to hundreds of thousands – perhaps even millions – of bats who cling to the cave’s roof. Joining them in the cave are a unique species of blind and deaf snakes that strike unsuspecting bats as they fly by.

The technique of the yellow-red rat snake is frighteningly precise, Bayona Miramontes said. “These snakes do not see or hear, but they can feel the vibrations of the bats flying, and they use that opportunity to hunt them with their body, suffocating their victims before gobbling them down.”

If you’re feeling adventurous, the cave is open to a limited number of visitors.

The cave is located nearby a very small Mayan community in Kantemó, on the Yucatan peninsula. Although the village is so small that it only has one church, the community has been working hard to protect this unique ecosystem.

Only 10 visitors are allowed inside the cave at a time and no photography is permitted. Since the pandemic began, the cave has been closed but it will reopen when the health department of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo allows tourism again.

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Video Of A Sweet Mama Bear Struggling To Get Her Cubs Across Busy Road Goes Viral

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Video Of A Sweet Mama Bear Struggling To Get Her Cubs Across Busy Road Goes Viral

It’s often said that a mother’s work is never done. A recent roadblock that occurred in Winsted, Connecticut is proof that this saying holds true beyond the human species. A woman in Connecticut witnessed this for herself when she came across a mother bear attempting to wrangle her four distractible cubs across a road.

The woman captured the sweet moment of the mother and cubs crossing a road.

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“First, I thought one baby had been struck by a car. I came back 15 minutes later to realize mama was simply trying to get all four babies to cross the street together! I can relate as a mom of four myself!” the driver explained to ViralHog.

Fortunately, when the woman drove back and checked on the mother bear and her cubs she watched them finally make the journey across the road.

The footage of the mother bear shows her attempting to move her cubs across the street, picking each up in her mouth one by one.

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The video shows the mother working quickly, and with the patience of a saint, as she manages to get one cub across, only for one or two of her other cubs to trackback. During the process, the cubs prance around the road, attempt to play with their mother, climb a tree while also return to the original side of the street. Thus, forcing their mother to start the process all over again.

Check out the hilariously cute and full clip below!

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