Woman Eaten By Vultures: Body Of 52-Year-Old French Tourist Hiker Reduced To Bones In Minutes [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on May 6, 2013 5:45 PM EDT

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A woman eaten by vultures was discovered in France. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A woman eaten by vultures was retrieved 1000 feet below the cliff sides of the Pyrenees hiking trail in France. Unfortunately, rescue workers could not get to the body as quickly as the vultures. Shocked locals discovered that the remains of an unidentified 52-year-old woman were devoured by the voracious birds in a matter of minutes.

"There were only bones, clothes and shoes left," local gendarmerie Major Didier Pericou told the Times. "They took 45 to 50 minutes to eat the body."

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First responders noticed the vultures circling the area over the location the hiker had fallen to. However, the rescue team did not expect the carcass to be consumed so quickly and completely.

European health and safety regulations have enforced French farmers of the region to avoid leaving out dead animal carcasses in the open. Farmers must burn any animal carcass. When vultures dine on dead animals, the risk of the spread of disease dramatically increases.

However, the aggressive efforts to prevent vultures from eating carcasses have caused vulture flocks to grow increasing bold. In fact, reports have claimed that vultures are attacking live animals.

Farmer Alain Larralde reported seeing a group of vultures attack and start eating an adult cow.

"You can't imagine what it is like to see an animal eaten alive," said Larralde.

A protected species, farmers are prohibited from killing the birds to solve the problem.

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