Saturday, October 15, 2011

Trained Hawks

When the throat is parched and you are yearning for a cold beer and worse, there is no pub nearby – here’s an idea that can work:

For sure, it will quench your thirst!

In Singapore, businesses along Orchard Road shopping street are making plans to deploy trained hawks to scare off thousands of birds whose droppings rain down on pedestrians’ heads. Singapore’s Straits Times said retailers were in talks with Jurong Bird Park, whose attractions include trained birds of prey, to try a natural solution after artificial methods such as high-pitched recordings failed to drive the brids away.

Wildlife groups estimate that between 2,000 and 5,000 starlings and mynahs roost along Orchard Road in the evening, soiling pavements and parked cars – besides unsuspecting heads – and creating a din that can even drown out traffic noise.

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