A Theme Park in France Has Enlisted Birds to Help Clean Up Litter

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Published: August 17, 2018
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Large theme parks welcome thousands upon thousands of visitors a day, which means there is a lot of garbage to be picked up. A theme park in France has enlisted a very unique team to help reduce litter around their park.

Puy du Fou theme park has trained and hired a group of rooks—a particular bird species in the crow family—to pick up small pieces of litter around the park. They bring these pieces of litter back to a small box, which then dispenses a reward of bird food.

Six avian employees have been enlisted to help maintain a clean theme park. According to NPR, Boubou, Bamboo, Bill, Black, Bricole and Baco started their new jobs this past Sunday on August 13.

Nicolas de Villiers, president of the Puy du Fou theme park, explains to AFP News that the rooks are great for the job because they are quite intelligent and “like to communicate with humans and establish a relationship through play.”

Villiers also explains to NPR that “The purpose of the crows ... is to educate the people, to open their minds, to think, 'OK, the birds are able to do something that we are much more able to do than them, so we should do this by ourselves.'”

The rooks prompt visitors to think twice about littering and serve as a unique way to remind people that if a bird can throw it out, so can you!

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