NASA Attempts to Eradicate Vulture Problem
JENNIFER LUDDEN, host:
The space agency is guarding against another hazard besides foam. Last year, the shuttle Discovery had a close encounter with a bird. It was a vulture.
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Entirely aside from the unpleasant symbolism, it could have caused a serious accident, so NASA convened a panel of experts to reduce the risk of hitting them.
LUDDEN: It proposed making the Kennedy Space Center a less attractive vulture habitat. The plan's called Road Kill Roundup.
INSKEEP: NASA removed raccoons, possums, armadillos, turtles, alligators, and other creatures that could become vulture food.
LUDDEN: The roundup involves top minds in wildlife management. Those offering expertise even included a specialist from Disney's Animal Kingdom.
(Soundbite of song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight")
THE TOKENS (Musical Group): (Singing) In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight. In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.