The bearded vulture lives exclusively off bone

The bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) is the only known animal that lives on a diet of bones. That’s right — this intimidating-looking bird avoids the meat and specializes in feeding on bone marrow.

This bird of prey is so desperate for bone it’ll fly a dead carcass as high as 500 feet into the sky and release over rocks to break the bones into more edible pieces. The bearded vulture ensures nothing in nature goes to waste.

The bearded vulture can grow up to four feet tall with a nine-foot wingspan. When soaring in the high mountains of southern Europe, Africa, or Tibet, it looks like a flying dragon.

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