Hawks to patrol Singapore shop precinct

2011-10-12 22:00

Singapore - Businesses along Singapore's famous Orchard Road shopping street plan to deploy trained hawks to scare off thousands of birds whose droppings rain down on pedestrians' heads, a report said on Wednesday.

The Straits Times said retailers were in talks with Jurong Bird Park, whose attractions include trained birds of prey, to try a natural solution after artificial methods such as high-pitched recordings failed to drive the birds away.

Wildlife groups estimate that around 2 000 to 5 000 starlings and mynahs roost along Orchard Road in the evening, releasing droppings on pavements and parked cars and creating a din that even overpowers traffic noise.

The use of chemicals to poison the birds was ruled out by the Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA) for being too cruel.

"We are still in discussions with the relevant people and nothing has been firmed up at this stage," a spokesperson for Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which oversees the bird park, told AFP.

ORBA officials were not available for comment.

"The idea is to scare the birds away. At the end of the day, we want the pleasant shopping experience to return to Orchard Road," Steven Goh, the executive director of ORBA, told the Straits Times.

  • whyrpplinpowerstupid - 2011-10-12 22:34

    So who else clicked on this link thinking the South African anti corruption unit was patrolling Singapore's streets, I really need sleep

  • noitall - 2011-10-13 07:40

    It is too cruel to poison them but having them ripped to pieces and eaten alive is fine! Singapore authorities don't take no prisoners! We need their type of solutions to unwanted pests here in RSA

  • Paul - 2011-10-13 11:17

    We could use a similar solution to the Indian Mynahs which are taking over large areas in South African towns. The area outside Pietermaritzburb town hall is an example of this. And yes I did first think this article was to do with out police force...

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