As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Vladimir Putin uses trained birds of prey to take down drones sent by spies or ISIS and guard his Kremlin HQ


Falcons have been taught to swoop on rogue unmanned aircraft over Russia's seat of government in Moscow

By Patrick Knox
31st January 2018, 11:10 am
Updated: 31st January 2018, 1:17 pm

RUSSIAN strongman leader Vladimir Putin has specially trained birds of prey guarding his Kremlin HQ from drones, it's been revealed.

The fortified seat of government in Moscow has long used birds of prey to chase away pesky crows.

A Russian soldier from the Presidential regiment holds his falcon at the Cathedral Square outside the Moscow's Kremlin

But now falcons have been trained to take out drones amid fears spies could use them - or worse ISIS use them as a weapon.  

It is understood the raptor birds are better able to target small drones than hawks.

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