Birds trained to catch drones
The birds are taught to catch the drones as if they were hunting for prey. However, this could be a problem as drones are sometimes flying too close to aeroplanes, so the police are apparently trying to get some protective clothing for the birds!
In a statement, the police have said, “The bird sees the drone as prey and takes it to a safe place, a place where he does not suffer from other birds or humans.”
British Police are watching this latest development very closely and are considering using eagles to bring down drones that are being used by criminals. There are also fears that terrorist groups will start using drones.
The RSPCA said, “In principle we would not have an issue with police forces training eagles in an attempt to tackle drones, although we would have concerns over the welfare of the birds.”
Worryingly, last month drones have been involved in four near misses at UK airports.
Athena and Grace, Year 5