China Employs Animal Guard to Protect Parade
An annual Chinese military parade held in Beijing has run into some major troubles. First is the ever present threat of smog obscuring the air shows and making the general environment unbearable for anybody on the ground. This was combated easily enough. Beijing simply placed a temporary limit on the Beijing industrial sector, thereby creating crystal clear skies and making the acrobatics of the jets even more impressive, not to mention visible.
The other main obstacle for these jets was the constant threat of bird-strike. As many of you know, hitting a bird in a car is bad enough, but hitting one when approaching the speed of sound is not particularly good for the plating or engines of an aircraft.
To fix this issue, the Chinese government trained a guard consisting of falcons and macaques monkeys. The monkeys are trained to climb their ways into the trees and remove any bird nests in the area, after which the birds are presumably relocated into an area where they are less at risk.
The falcons are used to patrol the skies and herd off any other birds that might think of taking part in the display. If this method proves successful, then perhaps these animals might extend their reach into other parts of the military. Maybe one day we’ll see tank commander Coconuts and his valued crew of feathered scouts.