'Intelligent' crows to pick up litter at French theme park

Something to crow about: Rooks are being put to work picking cigarette butts at a French theme park
Something to crow about: Rooks are being put to work picking cigarette butts at a French theme park

Six crows specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish will be put to work next week at a French historical theme park, its president said on Friday.

"The goal is not just to clear up, because the visitors are generally careful to keep things clean" but also to show that "nature itself can teach us to take care of the environment", Nicolas de Villiers of the Puy du Fou park, in the western Vendee region, told AFP.

Rooks, a member of the family of birds that also includes the carrion crow, jackdaw and raven, are considered to be "particularly intelligent" and in the right circumstances "like to communicate with humans and establish a relationship through play", Villiers said.

The will be encouraged to spruce up the through the use of a small box that delivers a tasty nugget of bird food each time the rook deposits a cigarette end or small piece of rubbish, he added.


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Aug 11, 2018
What I want to know is why an entire group of smokers will stand around an outdoor ashtray and every single one will throw their butt on the ground rather than in the ashtray.

Aug 11, 2018
What I want to know is why an entire group of smokers will stand around an outdoor ashtray and every single one will throw their butt on the ground rather than in the ashtray.


Because some people are compulsive assholes with little care about anything? I'm pretty sure you can see that in most parts of the world.

KBK
Aug 12, 2018
I think it is more a case of smokers generally being, deep down inside..disgusted with their own habit.

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