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03/04/2013 02:47 pm ET

Apollo, Rescued Turkey Vulture, Finds A Mate In LA County Animal Keeper Dave Stives (VIDEO)

There's nothing quite like the love between a man and his turkey vulture.

Meet Dave Stives, LA County's official animal keeper. He has a unique relationship with all the rescue birds in his charge, but there's something different about the love he and a certain turkey vulture have for each other.

Apollo, an injured turkey vulture from Virginia, has a major crush on Stives, her caretaker. So much so that Apollo (who is actually a female vulture), does the breeding dance whenever Stives comes near her.

"She's accepted me as her mate, more or less," explains the soft-spoken Stives. "She thinks I'm a turkey vulture -- I don't know how to take that."

In addition to the breeding dance, Apollo also shows her affection by enveloping Stives in her 6-foot wingspan -- the closest thing to a hug for vultures, notes NBC LA.

Apollo lives in the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Newhall, Calif. She and Stives have been together for about seven years.

h/t LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

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