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Dutch Police To Train Birds To Take Down Unauthorized Drones

Two Dutch bird trainers pose with one of the subjects of their "Drone Defense Team", a Bald Eagle.
Two Dutch bird trainers pose with one of the subjects of their “Drone Defense Team”, a Bald Eagle.

Now this is some amazing stuff right here. We’ve heard of birds of prey being used to keep birdstikes to a minimum at commercial airports, but this ingenious plan takes that use of said raptors to a whole other level. Imagine, if you will, a would-be bad guy with a drone trying to down an airliner by flying his/her machine into the engine. Now imagine a Bald Eagle swooping in, knocking the drone to the ground and then carrying it back to its handler. Pretty cool, right? More realistically, amateur drone pilots who don’t know the rules are probably the most likely to get snared by one of these big birds as they try to get some footage of jets landing and taking off.

While the article does state that the birds are highly aware of the spinning props and are thus able to avoid injury, we have to believe that there is zero risk to those talon bearing feet.

Check out the full story here at The Guardian.

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