Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Crows hack into internest

`Tokyo’s futuristic image as the world’s most technologically advanced broadband internet-enabled city is under attack from a vicious but decidedly low-tech foe: urban-dwelling jungle crows.

Their destructive and unpredictable behaviour during the annual May to June mating season is always highly problematic for the Japanese capital. But this year the aggressive ink-black birds have created a new headache by developing a seemingly insatiable taste for fibre-optic internet cable.

[..] An initial burst of activity involving a network of traps around the city and a squadron of experienced crow-catchers met with success, with about 11,000 crows captured.

Unfortunately, crows from the countryside around Tokyo flew in to replace their ensnared comrades, and the population remained constant. ‘

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