We’ve read the stories—storks delivering babies, ravens telling paranormal messages, owls bringing in parcels—if these stories are true, then we may actually be missing out on cool bird delivery systems.
However, the Dutch Police, together with the Guards from Above, which specializes in training bird of prey for private security, are working hand in hand to train eagles in recognizing drones as prey. This is to help the government disable rogue drones for security. Once a drone goes rogue, the trained eagles can disable them with sharp talons and return them to a safer place.
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Drones are now cheaper and more accessible for the public to obtain, which means that the peace-keeping officers all over the world are rethinking their investment in the technology.
A Japanese firm, for instance, has recently announced their desire to deploy a battalion of anti-drone officers, at the same time disable drones that could possibly pose a threat to its constituents.
The Netherlands Police shared the same sentiments, adding that “In the future drones will be used increasingly, so [it] will increase the number of incidents involving drones. Drones can also be used for criminal purposes.”
But how would drone disabling affect the eagles that are going to be used for the project? Guards from Above said in a statement, “We use the birds’ natural hunting instincts in order to intercept drones. We do this safely, quickly, and accurately. The animal instinct of a bird of prey is unique. They are made to be able to overpower fast-moving prey. Sometimes the solution to a hypermodern problem is more obvious than you might think.”
The technique being used to train the eagles will not be harmful to them, and is no more dangerous than the fights they get with preys in the wild. The eagles’ heavily scaled feet are enough to specifically protect them from things like sharp bites, slashes, and scratches that they encounter in the natural world.
Still, to ensure the eagles’ safety, the Dutch Organization and the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research are assessing whether or not the drone propellers can affect their talons.
The project is still currently on trial, but it won’t be long before the police will assess on the viability of the project. Who knows, soon the Dutch may just have a full fleet of drone-busting birds of prey.