Wednesday, 16 March 2011
One of my enduring memories of Cuba is of the power of the vultures. I'd heard of vultures before, of course, but I'd never seen them in action. The idea turned my stomach at first, but in the end they won me over with their efficiency: they could clear a corpse in minutes. There's no time for anything to putrefy in the heat, because the vultures simply don't leave a single morsel lying around. Very impressive creatures... but I wouldn't like to faint (or sleep) with them circling overhead!