Feeds

German vulture detective hits turbulence

Bird-brained search-and-rescue scavenger

The Power of One Infographic

German police in Lower Saxony hoping to train a vulture to seek out dead bodies are having issues with the bird's training.

Sherlock is one of team of three turkey vultures whom police had hoped to turn into a flying CSI unit. The plan was that they'd be fitted with GPS trackers so police could follow him when he swooped into action.

Unfortunately Sherlock is not keen on flying, preferring to hop around the training ground.

Although turkey vultures hunt by smell and can detect gases produced by decomposition Sherlock is struggling to tell the difference between rotting people and rotting animals.

Media fame meant the red-faced vulture was also called on to perform in public flying displays. But Sherlock's lack of enthusiasm for flight means he's been replaced by Bibo the pelican and Dolly the falcon.

Sherlock's two apprentices – Miss Marple and Columbo – are not doing much better.

Without a good role model to follow, the two do little more than fight each other.

The birds' trainer – who's called German Alonso apparently – said Sherlock had not tried training outside the zoo.

He said: "The bird is naturally anxious, and he would hide in the woods or bolt..."

Politicians, over-excited at all the media coverage, were hoping to turn the committee* of vultures into an international vulture detective school.

Der Spiegel has all the gritty, in English, here. ®

* Wikipedia reckons a group of vultures can also be called a venue or a wake.

Seven Steps to Software Security

More from The Register

next story
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files
Printable genitalia fall foul of 'obscene material' laws
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.