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Vultures on the brink of extinction

They swoop down in flocks and can consume an entire dead cow in a matter of minutes. It's no wonder vultures don't always have the best reputation.

But in India, Pakistan and Nepal, the important role of these scavengers has been underlined as the birds are near extinction. Their rapid decline has been blamed on a veterinary drug, diclofenac, which the vultures ingest when feeding off treated cattle carcasses. New research shows the widely used anti-inflammatory drug is highly toxic to an entire family of vultures and may cause the birds' demise around the globe.
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