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Star Wars’-like Creatures Spotted Hanging Out at North Texas Lake

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Last week, Micki Forrester posted a photo on the Ray Roberts Lake State Park Isle du Bois Facebook page to show fellow Texans what she spotted at the park. The cute, but strange, fuzzy white creatures with black heads are actually two young vultures. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shared the picture on May 4th, saying, “These juvenile vultures wouldn’t look out of place in a Star Wars movie. #MayTheFourthBeWithYou.” They really do look like they would fit right into the icy planet of Hoth in the Star Wars universe!

According to MySA.com, officials think the young birds are specifically black vultures. AllAboutBirds.org says that these creatures will soon trade their fluffy looks for “sooty black plumage, a bare black head, and neat white stars under the wingtips” once they’re fully grown. Black vultures are known to maintain a strong familial bond throughout their lives. Their lives begin with 1 – 3 eggs in a clutch followed by 38 days of incubation and up to eight months of feeding from their mother after birth. They stay in the nest for a period of around 80 days. The adult birds will often follow Turkey Vultures to find food since their sense of smell isn’t as fine tuned.