One-year-old border collie, Aero, uses herding instincts to chase birds
Hard-working dog puts in an eight-hour shift seven days a week
Southwest Florida International Airport has used bird dogs since 1999
PUBLISHED: 10:24, 11 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:31, 11 December 2014
Birds can pose a real threat to aircraft leaving and arriving into airports.
So the ingenious folk at Southwest Florida International Airport have employed a very capable new member of staff to take matters into her own paws.
Meet Aero, a one-year-old border collie, is the fourth in a line of four-legged bird chasers employed by the airport in Fort Myers.
In her day-to-day job, Aero stalks birds on the airfield, using her herding instincts to chase them away from the runway.
'She acts as a natural predator, as opposed to some of the other techniques we use,' said Derek Faulkner, a Lee County Port Authority operations agent who works with Aero.
And the hard-working hound is unafraid of putting the hours in, working an eight-hour shift seven days a week - more than her human counterparts.