Turkey buzzard mistakes helicopter pilot for Santa Claus.
February 14, 2010 8:54 PM   Subscribe

Turkey buzzard mistakes helicopter pilot for Santa Claus. No birds or pilots were harmed in the filming of the incident. Too bad about the windshield. (via)
posted by maudlin (15 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Kind of thin news of the weird stuff here, but in any case this reminds me of a great response in an AskMe I posted awhile back.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:58 PM on February 14, 2010


I'm sorry, but this really demands it...

As god is my witness, I thought Turkey[ Buzzard]s could fly!
posted by George_Spiggott at 9:05 PM on February 14, 2010 [3 favorites]


This is a buzzard.

This is a turkey vulture

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posted by klanawa at 9:36 PM on February 14, 2010 [4 favorites]


"I'm sorry, but this really demands it...

As god is my witness, I thought Turkey[ Buzzard]s could fly!
posted by George_Spiggott at 9:05 PM on February 14 "

god i love WKRP, and that episode is one of the funniest, les nessmans outside newscast is hilarious and genius
posted by marienbad at 9:42 PM on February 14, 2010


Dang birds.
posted by netbros at 10:21 PM on February 14, 2010


I feel like I'm missing something really, really obvious, but what is the Santa Claus connection?
posted by brundlefly at 11:09 PM on February 14, 2010


I feel like I'm missing something really, really obvious, but what is the Santa Claus connection?

It was sitting on the guy's lap. Like children do with Santa.
posted by frobozz at 11:13 PM on February 14, 2010


Gah! Like I said, really obvious. Thank you frobozz.
posted by brundlefly at 11:19 PM on February 14, 2010


This time of year there's turkey vultures everywhere in FL riding the thermals. There's one particular building in downtown Tampa they congregate on and it can be quite eery. They cause thousands of dollars in damage and crap all over everything.
posted by photoslob at 9:16 AM on February 15, 2010


The entire WKRP episode is available on Hulu, for those who can access it.
posted by zarq at 9:36 AM on February 15, 2010


I like turkey vultures. There is a photogenic one that hung out in an area I liked to frequent, so I would just sit around taking pictures of it all day long.

There is something about the wonderful incongruity of those beautiful wings being paired with that ugly bald head that makes me smile.

However, I might take a slightly darker view of them had one crashed through my window at 80 mph and taken up residence in my lap.
posted by quin at 10:27 AM on February 15, 2010


Bird strikes aren't usually so amusing. Eight people were lost when a helicopter went down at the beginning of last year after being hit by a red tail hawk. New safety procedures are now in place regarding increased windshield strength, limiting helicopter airspeeds below when flying below 1000 feet where birds tend to be and the mandatory wearing of safety glasses when there are two pilots or visored helmets for single pilots.
posted by Standeck at 1:51 PM on February 15, 2010


Don't forget that they vomit on their talons to stave off infection.

I'm just sayin'
posted by humboldt32 at 8:25 AM on February 16, 2010


Don't forget that they vomit on their talons to stave off infection.

How does that work? Is that to protect their talons from becoming infected at the nail bed (or avian equivalent)? Does vulture puke have some kind of antiseptic quality that can be exploited for human purposes? If so, I'm thinking Ol' Buzzard Retch brand disinfectant, complete with elongated neck spray bottle.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:50 PM on February 16, 2010


Don't forget that they vomit on their talons to stave off infection.

I think you might be combining two different behavior characteristics of vultures; they might vomit defensively to protect their nest, but they actually pee on their legs and talons to kill bacteria.

It's all part of my new book, "Fucked Up Shit That Animals Do." (coming soon to a kids bookstore near you).
posted by quin at 2:11 PM on February 16, 2010


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