06/04/2011

German police train vultures to find bodies

Vultures are thought to be better than sniffer dogs at finding bodies over large, dense areas

BBC

WALSRODE, Germany — German police are trying out a new weapon in the fight against crime - vultures that can find hidden corpses.

Three feathered detectives - called Sherlock, Miss Marple and Columbo - are being trained in Walsrode bird park in northern Germany.

The birds' keen eyesight and acute sense of smell might make them as skilful as their fictional namesakes.

The vultures are thought to be better than sniffer dogs at finding bodies when a large area has to be searched and the terrain is difficult; for example, if it is densely overgrown.

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