Friday, July 18, 2008

Bees vs. Japanese Crows

Bees Enlisted to Attack Crows in Tokyo

After years of being attacked by crows, a colony of seabirds nesting in Tokyo is getting an unlikely ally: the tiny honeybee.

Conservationists hope bees will repel the crows, based on the insects' tendency to attack anything dark-colored that approaches their hives.
Oh man, letting 20,000 bees loose in downtown Tokyo? What in the world could possibly go wrong?

On the other hand, Japanese crows are spawn of Satan.
In a single prolonged attack five years ago, about 60 crows picked off roughly 300 eggs and 160 young birds, and fewer terns have come to the nesting site since then.
I've been told they actually attack people from time to time. Yikes.

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