I decided to head out toward another radio tower, ignoring the main mission and seeing if it opened up any gear.
On the way, I saw a pig. Neat! I can upgrade my wallet! So I stabbed it and it died. A short while later, I saw some birds. Neat! I can upgrade the wallet again! So I stabbed a few and they died. Then I heard some unfamiliar grunting. Wow! Buffalo! I've got something I need to craft with them! So I stabbed one, which immediately turned, knocked me on my ass, and then killed me dead. Sent me back to my last save, which was minus two levels of wallets.
Lost a good half hour of progress is what happened. The birds were those big birds, and the buffalo took their place and killed me. It's my fault, I wanted to get the hides without attracting any more pirates.
Hold on, are we talking about vultures here? I have all the crafting stuffs and I don't recall needing feathers. Did I miss something? I remember one level of the wallet being shark skin. Gah, that was a bastard, hunting sharks with a knife.
"I love finding threads like these, it's like walking outside and finding the city's been bombed while you were sleeping." - Blighboy