Adopt Beauty the Turkey Vulture
Beauty was found in Corona, New Mexico as a nestling. Her rescuers thought she had sustained a chest injury. Unfortunately, instead of being taken to the wildlife rehabilitator, the vulture baby was kept illegally as a pet by her rescuers for the next five years. As a result, she is human-imprinted, meaning that she does not recognize that she is a vulture. Instead, she thinks that she belongs with people. Early in 2018, the 5-year-old vulture was confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and brought to her forever home here at Hawks Aloft. She is called Beauty because, while most of the general public think that vultures are ugly or gross, we know that Beauty is a gorgeous bird with a fabulous personality. And, as a bonus, the word “beauty” sounds similar to “Buteo,” the name for the genus of soaring hawks, which are called “buzzards” in Great Britain —whereas, in North America, vultures are often referred to as buzzards!