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The World Cup Ruffles Feathers...
The World Cup kicks-off in South Africa today, with the first match between the hosts and Mexico, who have also hosted the competition in the past.

Now, if you are lucky enough to be going off to watch the games live, you may see a Cape Vulture riding the thermals above you. But sadly, life is increasingly hard for this rare creature as it faces food shortages, poisoning and electrocution from pylons and as if all that was not bad enough, the World Cup could add to its problems.

Unfortunately, for the bald birdies, South African gamblers who believe in a magical system called `muti` are convinced that smoking its brains will give them supernatural powers to predict results in this months jamboree.

Mark Anderson, of protection group Bird Life South Africa, said "the harvesting of the birds` heads by followers of muti magic is an additional threat these birds cant endure".

Anderson`s view is shared by Steve McKean, from the KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife group, who has been studying the impact of muti on the Cape Vulture..."Our research suggests that killing of Vultures for so-called traditional use could render the Cape Vulture extinct in some parts of South Africa within half a century. In the worst case, the Cape Vulture could be suffering population collapse within 12 years".

At the moment, there are believed to be between 8,000 and 10,000 Cape Vultures roaming an area of 537,500 square miles, in southern Africa. Although some may say the birds lack the glamour of the WAGS (wife`s and girlfriend`s) and the players themselves, let`s hope the Cape Vulture is still flying in the African skies, long after footie fans have returned home. Let`s also hope that any local gamblers stick to more humane forms of prediction.
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