This theme park is recruiting birds to pick up trash, cigarette butts

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A crow picks up a cigarette end on the parking of Le Puy du Fou, in Les Epesses, western France on August 14, 2018. – Six crows specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish were put to work last week at a French historical theme park. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP) […]

A theme park in western France is recruiting a team of six members of the crow family to pick up small pieces of paper and cigarette butts in exchange for food. 

According to NPR, the French theme park Puy du Fou, which is known for featuring historical shows such as chariot races and sword fights, put the team of birds through 6 months of training before they officially reported to work earlier this week. 

Boubou, Bamboo, Bill, Black, Bricole, and Baco will each be working four-day weeks under close supervision.

The idea came from one of the park’s falconers, Christophe Gaborit.

As part of the falconry show, crows had already been trained to pick up roses and bring them to a princess — so in the 2000s, Gaborit raised and trained two rooks to do the same with trash.

The birds will be closely monitored to make sure we humans don’t abuse the opportunity and drop trash to make more work for the birds.

Here’s a map of how expansive the park is: 

“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’,” park president Nicolas de Villiers told NPR.

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