It might seem like a bird-brained idea, but police in China are reporting success after deploying a squad of police geese to help protect citizens of Xinjiang’s Shawan County. The Telegraph reports that the birds are an invaluable tool in the area’s war on crime.
The article quotes police chief Zhang Quansheng who says, “Among all poultry, geese [are known] for being extremely vigilant and having excellent hearing.” Makes you feel sorry for the poor emus that didn’t make the cut.
Quansheng also says the geese are “like a radar without power” — though I like to think of them more as screaming hell raisers without off buttons.
Geese are effective in warding off criminals because they shriek when spooked. And you thought car alarms are annoying.
Also, criminals know how to poison police dogs, but geese aren’t susceptible to the same drugging due to their poor eyesight and sheer stupidity. In one case, a gaggle of geese was even able to ensnare an intruder. It must have been terrifying for that man as he took in the possibility that his life could very well end like something out of a Hitchcock film.
Let’s hope our out-of-work canine cops are getting good unemployment benefits now that their jobs have gone to the birds.