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French theme park training crows scavenging of waste, butts

France is the Puy du Fou, a historical theme park, is the employment of six “intelligent” crows to pick up waste in exchange for treats.

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Here’s something to crow about: A historical theme park in France has enlisted the help of the brainy birds to clean up after the pigs.

The people at the Puy du Fou in the western region of Vendée have trained six “intelligent” rooks to collect cigarette butts and debris left on their land.

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The gregarious Eurasian crow depositing the fragments in a small box. But these collectors don’t work for free. Every time they deliver a piece of trash, the box dispenses a tasty treat.

“The goal is not only to clean up, because the visitors are generally careful to keep things clean,” the park’s president, Nicolas de Villiers, told Agence France-Presse news agency, noting that the birds also “like to communicate with people and to build a relationship through play.”

In addition to the garbage collection, the crows “such as communicating with people and to build a relationship by means of game,” theme park president says.

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The first cleaners have already been put to work, with the rest set to go on Monday.

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Puy du Fou attracts over 2 million visitors per year, making it the second most-popular theme park in France after Disneyland Paris.

When it comes to the crows, however, this is not the first feather in the birds’ cap. Earlier this year, scientists created a machine that showed the crows’ penchant for solving problems. The machine requires a special size of the paper token to the release of a treatment, BBC News reported.

This story was previously published in The New York Post.

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