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Two types of vultures can be found in North Carolina, black vultures, and turkey vultures. The Aquarium cares for two female black vultures, named Bart and Willis, and one male turkey vulture named Achilles.
All three of the vultures imprinted on humans at a young age. This means they never learned how to act like vultures or how to take care of themselves. Imprinting is a mental injury that makes it impossible for these birds to survive in the wild since they have to rely on humans to provide food. Birds are not born with the knowledge of what they are but learn it from their parents. Imprinting happens if a baby bird sees a person instead of their parent and occurs soon after they are born. This could be several hours or weeks depending on the species.
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