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From the Ted Talk by Munir Virani: Why I love vultures

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So why are vultures important? First of all, they provide vital ecological svreecis. They clean up. They're our ntruaal garbage collectors. They clean up cscearass right to the bone. They help to kill all the betciraa. They help absorb anthrax that would otherwise spread and cause huge livestock losses and diseases in other animals. Recent studies have shown that in areas where there are no vultures, carcasses take up to three to four tiems to decompose, and this has huge ramifications for the spread of diseases.

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So why are vultures important? First of all, they provide vital ecological ________. They clean up. They're our _______ garbage collectors. They clean up _________ right to the bone. They help to kill all the ________. They help absorb anthrax that would otherwise spread and cause huge livestock losses and diseases in other animals. Recent studies have shown that in areas where there are no vultures, carcasses take up to three to four _____ to decompose, and this has huge ramifications for the spread of diseases.

Solution

  1. natural
  2. times
  3. services
  4. carcasses
  5. bacteria

Original Text

So why are vultures important? First of all, they provide vital ecological services. They clean up. They're our natural garbage collectors. They clean up carcasses right to the bone. They help to kill all the bacteria. They help absorb anthrax that would otherwise spread and cause huge livestock losses and diseases in other animals. Recent studies have shown that in areas where there are no vultures, carcasses take up to three to four times to decompose, and this has huge ramifications for the spread of diseases.

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