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Posts Tagged ‘defense’

New Additions to the French Military – Eagles

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The eagles are trained to capture small UAVs, aka “drones” that may pose a danger to aircraft or are being used for nefarious activity. They’re raised in captivity and trained as hatchlings to associate UAVs with food. The French program was adapted from one developed by the Dutch.

Royal eagles, which can hunt prey up to 25kg – the size of a deer – are often used by the programme due to their strength.

In the Netherlands, the use of eagles in police work sparked animal welfare concerns among falconers. When eagles intercept a drone, a pressure of 250kg per square centimetre is exerted on their claws.

Dutch police told the NRC daily newspaper that their eagles have so far not suffered any problems from intercepting small drones, but that larger drones may damage their claws. Eagles in the French programme wear kevlar and leather claw coverings as a protective measure.

[Story here, via here, video here, h/t Nancy H.]

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The .Gif Friday Post No. 440 – Shoe Drops, Kinkajou-fu & Funky Fungi

Friday, 24 June 2016

Shoe Drops

Kinkajou Fu

Funky Fungi

[Found here, here and here]

I think the second one is a possum (not an opossum) and not a kinkajou. No idea what that last one is, but it reminded me of this.

I’m A Spider. Deal With It.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

I Am A Spider DEAL WITH IT

[Found in here.]

Web-Footed Fury

Monday, 10 August 2009

Duck Fury_Fengtastic 090803

[Found at Fengtastic.]

The .gif Friday Post No.89 – Cute, Cool, Creepy

Friday, 17 July 2009

Baby_walking_flipfail

C130_Angel_decoy

Scary Something_4gifs

[All .gif’s above are stamped, although they may not have originated from that site.  Anyone who can prove authorship of these .gif animations shall be given full credit.]


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