A flying squad of litter-picking parrots and crows are encouraging UAE residents to clean up their act. The feathered friends have been trained as rubbish collectors, ready to swoop in at any given moment to clear up litter blighting green spaces across Abu Dhabi. Barari Natural Resources, which manages more than 400 forests and nature reserves across the capital, is using the birds to front its ‘Nature Educates Us’ campaign. The birds will be appearing at public parks and reserves all over the city to demonstrate the importance of disposing of rubbish correctly. The National got a closer look at the clean team in action at Al Hayer Park in Al Ain. Germán Alonso Malo, the bird trainer who ensured the aerial helpers earned their wings, said it is a novel approach to solving a pressing issue. "If a bird is able to pick up trash, why can’t humans do the same thing?" he said. A parrot throws a cigarette butt in the bin at Al Hayer Park in Al Ain. Chris Whiteoak / The National Parrots pick up rubbish from a public park in Abu Dhabi to throw in the bin. Chris Whiteoak / The National A parrot […]


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