Date
24 September 2017
The PLA Air Force is turning to macaques to help keep its big birds in the sky and clear of migratory flocks. Photo: Xinhua
The PLA Air Force is turning to macaques to help keep its big birds in the sky and clear of migratory flocks. Photo: Xinhua

Air force deploys crack macaque squad to send birds packing

Operation Macaque is up and running at an unnamed mainland air force base to deter flocks of migratory birds from the area, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper said the country’s military minds turned to macaques to scare away the birds after trained eagles and tree-climbing soldiers were not up to the job. They also tried sound and lights but the birds went nowhere.

Birds are an airborne hazard because they can gum up jet engines, which is bad for the birds and bad for the planes.

Citing the People’s Liberation Army-run news portal, the report said the macaques can destroy up to eight birds’ nests per day and about 180 nests have been ripped up in the month since the PLA embarked on the program.

“The macaques’ odor is also said to repel the birds from rebuilding their nests at the same spots,” the report said.

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