Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

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A crow drops a cigarette end in a box in exchange for food on the parking lot of Le Puy du Fou, in Les Epesses, western France. Six crows specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish were put to work last week at the historical theme park. (AFP)
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A crow picks up a cigarette end on the parking lot of Le Puy du Fou, in Les Epesses, western France. Six crows specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish were put to work last week at the historical theme park. (AFP)
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Christophe Gaborit, in charge of falconry at Le Puy du Fou theme park, looks at one of his crows, trained to collect cigarette ends and thrash from the parking lot of the historical theme park. (AFP)
Updated 16 August 2018
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Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

  • The birds have been picking up litter on the site that features shows and rides themed around different periods of history
  • The black rooks were chosen for their intelligence and have been trained to take small items of litter to a special wooden box

PUY-DU-FOU, France: Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.
The birds have been in action since Monday at the Puy du Fou park, picking up litter on the site that features shows and rides themed around different periods of history.
The black rooks, a member of the crow family, were chosen for their intelligence and have been trained to take small items of litter to a special wooden box in exchange for a tasty nugget of bird food for each deposit.
There have been some instances of cheating, however, with some of the crows attempting to steal rubbish from others to win the rewards.
“It’s ecological, it’s practical and it’s fun to see,” Swiss tourist Dorothee Haefliger told AFP.
The managers of the park say the experiment is designed to make visitors more aware about litter.
“We can see litter here on the car park and the crows are picking it up,” Christophe Gaborit, who is in charge of falconry at the park, told AFP.
He stood holding the wooden box and dispensing the bird food for each piece of collected rubbish.
“That’s not normal. It’s up to us, humans, to take care of it. That’s the ultimate message,” he added.
He said that he had always loved rooks, adding that they are under-appreciated birds.
“People see it differently, so that makes me happy,” he said. “We’ve changed its image and that’s really interesting.”


WWE universal champion Roman Reigns to face Brock Lesnar, BraunStrowman at Crown Jewel in Riyadh

Updated 19 September 2018
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WWE universal champion Roman Reigns to face Brock Lesnar, BraunStrowman at Crown Jewel in Riyadh

RIYADH: WWE universal champion Roman Reigns will defend his title against Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman in a Triple Threat Match at the mega Crown Jewel held in Riyadh, which will also include the first-ever wrestling World Cup tournament. 

In partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority, WWE will present the Crown Jewel at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, on November 2. 

General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia Chairman His Excellency Turki Al Sheikh, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, invite the world to celebrate this signature event. Following the sold-out Greatest Royal Rumble in April, this is the second event as part of a long-term partnership between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Crown Jewel will stream live on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view outside of the Middle East. Ticket availability and regional broadcast information will be announced in the coming weeks.

WWE has a 10-year contract with Saudi Arabia. WWE previously held the Greatest Royal Rumble in April, just a couple weeks after WrestleMania 34.