A bird named Apollo has got a serious turkey vulture crush on a bearded, soft-spoken Los Angeles County animal keeper named Dave Stives. When he comes near Apollo's enclosure at the county's Placerita Canyon Nature Center, she goes a little crazy. And Stives admits to being smitten himself.
Apollo and Stives first met a decade ago, after the vulture had been shipped west from Virginia for treatment of injuries. Stives helped in her care and training. Two years later, when Apollo was moved to the Placerita Canyon center, "it was love at second sight," says ZevWeb.
By the way: Next time you think you see a rare California condor, it's probably a common old turkey vulture. Not that there's anything wrong with that.