Okay, many of you who have seen the videos or have ridden Everest have been wondering why there is a bird at the top of the mountain when the train makes its first stop at the sight of the mangled track. I think it's high time I explained all this.
First we'll explain that when you stop there, there are foot prints in the snow from the Yeti. (Just look to your left when you ride) It's obvious that the Yeti was there. And if that wasn't bad enough, you see this vulture flying above. Yes, it's a Lammergeier Vulture. (Gypaetus barbatus) The largest Eurasian bird of prey. Its beak and tongue are adapted to consuming bone marrow, which it obtains by hurling the bones of its prey against high mountain cliffs. For more information, visit http://www.pbs.org/edens/bhutan/a_lv.htm
So why a vulture you ask? Well, vultures are known commonly as a bad omen so to speak. That certain doom will become of you. Sure enough, the train begins to lose traction on the icy slopes of the mountain and you begin sliding backwards through the dark caverns. This part of the attraction is designed to dis-orient you, so much as to trick you that you are going upside down. Anyway, that's why it's a vulture. And not something else.
So, how are guests supposed to know it's a vulture? Well, there's a sign in the line queue... the Yeti Museum in particular. I took a photo of it and attached it to this post.
Also, any CM that has seen the main computer will be able to tell you that it's labeled as "vulture" in the ride's computer system. So there you have it. The mystery is solved. Enjoy the photos attached of the Lammergeier Vulture and the sign in the Yeti Museum.
I've decided to name him Kenny.