Frozen Vultures Falling From Sky in South Dakota

2 turkey vultures crash onto one Sioux Falls home

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 12, 2013 11:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's not just snow falling in South Dakota this week: Turkey vultures have also been dropping from the sky. Apparently the freezing rain was so bad around Sioux Falls earlier this week that some of the birds iced over and fell onto the houses of local residents, reports the Argus Leader. One man found a turkey vulture hiding under a table, frozen but still alive, after crashing onto his deck—and another, less lucky bird that died when it crashed into his roof. "I felt bad for the guy, I really did," he says of the surviving bird. "I hope he's all right." Animal Control has fielded several similar calls from other residents. (Hat tip to the Newser reader who spotted the story).

Icy branches partially block a city street and fall amid parked cars, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Sioux Falls, SD.
Icy branches partially block a city street and fall amid parked cars, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Sioux Falls, SD.   (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)
in this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, a turkey vulture soars over the hills behind Orick, Calif.
in this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, a turkey vulture soars over the hills behind Orick, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
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