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Theme Park in France Has 6 Crow ‘Employees’ to Pick Up Trash

The Corvid family of bird includes birds like Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and rooks. All of these birds of the Corvid family are known to be intelligent bird creatures. These birds are adept in doing the following things.

  • Using tools
  • Planning ahead of time
  • Solving puzzles
  • Even hold grudges against others

The brains of some birds in the Corvid family have high neuron in the region of the brain which is called nidopallium caudolaterale, or NCL. This part of the brain similar to the Prefrontal Cortex of the human brain which helps us humans solves problems.

One special theme park in France decided to make use of the incredible problem-solving skills of the Corvids to better use.

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Six rooks named Boubou, Bamboo, Bill, Black, Bricole, and Baco were trained by Christopher to pick up the trash after people. They are now full-time employees of the Puy du Fou Park located in Les Epesses, four hours drive from Paris, France.

The bird were trained by the Project manager of the park at the “Academy of Falconry” whose name is Christopher Gabroit

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He trained them first by picking up cigarette butts and some other small pieces of trash and putting them in the trash box.

Christopher Gabroit started his project by training two rooks at first. He did so by using a cabinet with two doors.

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After the birds put the trash in the trash box, the trainer would pull a board to reveal snacks for them. With these treats for them, rooks were happy to pick up small pieces of trash for getting these delicious rewards.

Rooks were able to overcome the trouble with a scam

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The rooks tried to deceive Christopher by putting in small pieces of wood in the garbage disposable box instead of garbage.

Now these trash picking birds are working at the park four times a week picking up the trash

trash

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De Villiers explained to the media that the purpose of this project is not to clean up the park as it is already clean enough

De Villiers birds bathing happy

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These birds are there to educate the visitors in the park to not litter.

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