I've noticed that little attention is ever paid to vultures when they have essentially by-passed most, if not all of the challenges of the food chain. They have no natural predators. They don't have to struggle for survival because carrion is readily available and others animals can't eat it safely. We tend to think of other animals as higher in the food chain but in reality, vultures have it made for themselves. So who is king? they have no competitors or predators. No one wants to eat them nor does anyone want to eat (or can) what they do. They are totally free. How clever.