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It seems to me the only thing a Zombie would have to fear is something that loves carrion – and the riper the better.

The two vultures featured are the Himalayan Vultures (waiting their turn) and the Indian Vultures (black necks). Within the Vulture world there’s a pecking order as to who gets to eat first—generally the largest the species, the closer to the front of the line it gets.

The Himalayan Vulture is found mainly in the higher regions of the Himalayas, the Pamirs, Kazakhstan and on the Tibetan Plateau. Juvenile birds may however disperse further south and vagrants have been recorded in Thailand, Burma, Singapore and Cambodia. On the Tibetan Plateau 64% of their diet is obtained from dead domestic yak. They feed on old carcasses sometimes waiting a couple of days near a dead animal.

The Himalayan Vulture perches on crags, favorite sites showing white marks from regular defecation. They bask in the sun on rocks. They soar in thermals and are not capable of sustained flapping flight. Flocks may follow grazers up the mountains in their search for dead animals.

The Himalayan vulture plays a very important role in the history of the Tibetan culture. For most of the year, it was not possible to bury the dead in the rocklike frozen soil. Neither could bodies be cremated, as wood was both rare and expensive. After funeral rites were performed in the home, the body of the dead was taken to the "disposer of bodies." This individual was responsible for feeding the body to the vultures, and ensuring that every last bit of it was consumed. With the Griffons and Cinereous to take care of the meat, and the Lammergeiers to finish off the bones, there was never any problem disposing of the dead. It was also key to the Buddhist reincarnation theory that souls could not be born into a new body until their old one was destroyed. This method is still practiced today, though on a much smaller scale.

The Indian Vulture is found in south-east Pakistan and peninsular India south of the Gangetic plain, north to Delhi, east through Madhya Pradesh, south to the Nilgiris, and occasionally further south.
This vulture is critically endangered with the overall population declining greater than 97% over a 10-15 year period. This decline has been linked to the anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac which is used to treat domestic livestock. Most governments in the regions have now banned the drug.

Rendered in Poser 2012 without Postwork. Models: City Ruins 1&2 (Stonemason), Zombie M4 (RawArt), Songbird ReMix Vultures 2 (me)
March 16, 2013
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Mar 16, 2013 8:46:54 pm
LOVE IT! Great work and incredible detail.

by MNArtist Homepage »

Mar 16, 2013 9:28:30 pm
That settles it.... when the zombie apocalypse comes I want pet vultures! ..

Great image Ken :)

by ryverthorn Homepage »

Mar 17, 2013 1:31:01 am
Well done for the super vulture scene and info. I like the buddhist idea of fully degraded corpse needed before reincarnation - especially when the reincarnation will be as several vultures. Would be a mind-expanding experience!

by Kinchie Homepage »

Mar 17, 2013 2:37:45 am
ROTFL! The idea! Great!

by Kerya Online Now!   Homepage »

Mar 17, 2013 4:38:38 am
This is great.. Now we know how to solve a zombie problem lol..

by vitachick Online Now!   Homepage »

Mar 17, 2013 9:36:12 am
Ha ha yep! Excellent detail!

by Danceswithroos Homepage »

Mar 17, 2013 9:57:02 am
Amazing details & idea! Wonderful information!

by Flint_Hawk Homepage »

Mar 17, 2013 10:01:48 am
Amazing and beautiful composition!!!

by Cyve Homepage »

Mar 17, 2013 1:32:46 pm
And I thought Zombies nightmares would have been the survivors of Raccoon City!
Excellent piece!

by tetrasnake Online Now!   Homepage »

Mar 17, 2013 3:30:44 pm
Excellent render. What a great idea too. Great scene and yes indeed, excellent detail.
I can't believe no one's thought of this before. I want to see a zombie movie now where they get wiped out by swarms of vultures and buzzards. In fact every carrion bird and insect should descend upon them.

by adorety Homepage »

Mar 17, 2013 6:40:00 pm
fantastic picture and amazing idea!! perfect work

by flavia49 Homepage »

Mar 18, 2013 1:20:35 pm
Very it!

by Rawnrr Homepage »

Mar 18, 2013 1:46:36 pm
Excellent work!

by GrandmaT Homepage »

Apr 3, 2013 2:19:57 am
horrible but excellent detailed scene! very well done!

by petemohr Homepage »

Apr 4, 2013 5:29:20 am
Great and very detailed work!! I almost sense and idea to a anti-zombie movie or computer came? ;o)

by Rhanagaz Homepage »

May 29, 2013 11:33:50 pm
Great idea and wonderfully presented. Very funny. I love the vultures waiting their turn on the roof. Reminds me of the old poster of the two vultures in a tree and one turns to the other and says " Patience my ass, I'm gonna kill something."
Excellent information on these amazing birds.

by brewgirlca Online Now!   Homepage »


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