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Why the Andean Condor (Vultur typhus) Has No Headdress

Why the Andean Condor (Vultur typhus) Has No Headdress

Why the Andean Condor (Vultur gyphus) Has No Headdress

A Story by Gregory Romeo Arthur Daniel

When the sun burned a bright

White it nearly consumed the Earth. The Owl

Called counsel of all the animals to meet on

The Great Turtle’s shell in the middle

Of the Vast Sea. There they discussed the situation

And nominated heroes to help

The Earth. They needed to move the Sun

Away from the Earth, so Opossum volunteered.

Lassoing his entangled, bushy

Tail around the Sun, he strained and strived

Failing to pull or budge it. Falling

Back to Earth defeated forever

He wears a scaly, skinned tail.

Then the Fox stepped up to the challenge.

She galloped into the sky but the Sun

Burned too hot and before she got too close

And was consumed she turned back. To this

Day the Red Fox remains ablaze

From the Sun’s heat. Then the Big Bear,

Infuriated, grumbled and grabbed

The Sun with his big strong mitts and tried to hoisted

It away but his wrists broke. Failing, he forever wears his

Mitts on backwards, small toe in. Just then a strong

Wind surged through the meeting median, extinguishing

The party’s center fire. As the fire died the fire

Of the Owl’s hope returned with the presence

Of the Great Condor, most noble of all the Vulture family.

The Condor pumped his wings,

Shooting towards the Blaze.

His golden beak shined off into space.

His head feathers created the ultimate

Mosaic headdress. His all black body

Absorbed all the suns light and replenished

His strength, allowing him to clutch

The sun in his beak and hurl it off into the void.

Exhausted, he slowly soared back down to Earth.

His golden beak, now a charred

Black and his head, a featherless skin skullcap.

His wings kept some of the Sun’s White,

Bright Light and He wears some, also,

Proudly around his neck as a reminder

Of his heroism. To this day The Condor

Soars and saves his strength

For when Time calls to him to flap again.


Inspired by Native American literature and Andean Condor Observations


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